STATEHOUSE-The Bartholomew County School Corporation (BCSC) was awarded with the Math and Science Partnership grant by the Indiana Department of Education (DOE).
BCSC received two of the six grants awarded throughout the state. The Pre-AP/AP mathematics programs will receive $352,988 as well as partnerships with Franklin College, Indiana University Purdue University -Columbus and Northern Kentucky University.
The second grant is to be used for science using inquiry-based methods. The science programs will receive $310,425 as well as partnerships with Indiana University Purdue University - Columbus, Purdue University, Council for Youth Development and EcO15 Initiative.
According to a press release from the DOE, the Math and Science Partnership pairs teachers in those subjects with higher education institutions to increase their knowledge and teaching skills.
"This is an outstanding program and one that will help both our students and teachers," Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) said. "The more educated our teachers are the more knowledge they will be able to share with our students in the classroom. Our students and teachers will benefit greatly from this grant program, and I believe improvements to test scores will be inevitable."
Eligibility for the grant was determined by the following criteria: (1) focus on Math and/or science as an area of school improvement, (2) show evidence of and plans to increase highly qualified teacher credentialing, and (3) provide data showing evidence of low test scores in math and/or science.