TVHS cited in winning federal Race to the Top grant application | Schools
Tech Valley High School was cited as an example of a successful education program in the state's winning bid for Race to The Top funding.
The regional high school - was among the examples of programs cited as working in the state in terms of integrating science, technology and math.
The state learned on Tuesday that its application was successful and as much as $700 million in federal aid will be made available to the state's education system.
Below is an excerpt from the state application:
"A leading example of an innovative approach to public education is the Tech Valley High School, a joint program of two BOCES that was authorized by special State legislation and provides a grades 9–12 high school course of instruction dedicated to providing expanded learning opportunities in technology and the core academic subjects required for issuance of a high school diploma. The school’s mission is to engage a broad spectrum of students in rigorous and enriching educational experiences focused on emerging technologies, project-based learning, and collaboration—and to provide such experiences through linkages with high-tech businesses that will foster a direct connection between student learning and real-world experience in advanced technical facilities."
According to TVHS’ communications coordinator Michael McCagg, school officials said they are pleased with the recognition.
"This is excellent news," said Principal Dan Liebert.
Just last year, State Education Commissioner David Steiner toured the school and members of the Board of Regents have likewise paid visits to the school.
TVHS officials said they were unsure if any funds will be made available to TVHS as a result of the grant. Regardless, officials said, the funding benefits all New York students and thus the entire state.
The aim of the federal Race to the Top program is to reward ambitious reforms to improve schools and close the achievement gap.