State evaluates schools

Spring Lake Public Schools officials are preparing for a review from state education officials.
Krystle Wagner
Dec 4, 2013

In May, a team from the Michigan Department of Education Office of Field Services will conduct an on-site review of Title 1 and Title 2 programs at Jeffers Elementary and Spring Lake Intermediate schools. The reviews are part of a process to ensure school districts properly use federal funding for the programs.

Title 1 programs help disadvantaged students meet academic standards, and Title 2 Part A programs are for staff training.

Scott Ely, director of curriculum for Spring Lake Public Schools, said the district received about $400,000 for the programs for the 2013-14 school year.

Throughout the two-day review, 25 staff and administrators will answer a series of questions about the programs and provide documents to show how funds are spent to help students who struggle to meet benchmarks.

Programs aimed at helping students include a reading intervention program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and math intervention for kindergarten through grade 12.

Ely said the biggest task they face is gathering all of the information, such as the names of students involved in programs, activities they complete and contracts the district has with professional development guests.

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