The Massachusetts Executive Office of Education announced on Wednesday that the Carlton Elementary School in Salem has received one of 20 implementation grants awarded to "innovation" schools across the state.
The $45,000 awarded to Carlton was the largest amount granted to any school. Madison Park in Boston and Worcester Technical STEM Early College High School each received $40,000, according to a press release from the Executive Office of Education. A total of $585,000 was awarded.
The grants are given to public schools that "employ inventive strategies and creative approaches to education to accelerate student achievement while keeping school funding within districts," according to the press release.
"These schools will provide expanded and improved educational opportunities for Massachusetts students," Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement. "This robust and diverse group of schools demonstrates what can be achieved when local school communities are given the flexibility to be creative in their approach to improving education for students."
Beginning this fall, Carlton will implement its Continuous Progress Innovation Plan, which includes abandoning the traditional grade-level model. Students will be placed in multi-age classrooms and progress through grade levels at their own pace.
The entire innovation plan can be found here.
Carlton was one of five under-performing schools in the district singled out by the Department of Education last fall as needing vast improvement.
Superintendent Stephen Russell could not be reached for comment.
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