The South Carolina Department of Education has been awarded a multi-million dollar federal grant.
Education officials say the grant of nearly $15 million from the Institute of Education Sciences will improve student achievement, teacher performance and school quality.
It’s the nation’s sixth-largest among 19 award winners. The funding will help in the development and implemention of a statewide system that tracks classroom progress and sends information directly to teacher and principal desks on what’s working in education, and what is not.
State Superintendent Jim Rex says the system will help educators pinpoint risk factors.
That grant award is not to be confused with the “Race to the Top” grant competition. South Carolina was not one of the two states selected in the first round of that competition, but is entered in the second round.