P.O. BOX 2120



September 1, 2006



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Project Graduation Academic Year Grants


As part of the states Project Graduation initiative, I am pleased to announce a remediation grant opportunity for the eight Superintendents Regional Study Groups. Grant proposals will be accepted from individual school divisions and from partnerships of school divisions within a Superintendents Regional Study Group. Please note italicized sections that indicate changes from previous Project Graduation Academic Year grant opportunities.


Proposals must address the needs of high school seniors who have not earned verified credits in English: Reading, English: Writing, Algebra I, Geometry, History, and/or Science. To provide additional assistance to students with disabilities who are pursuing Modified Standard diplomas, Academic Year proposals that include remediation for students who need to meet the literacy and numeracy requirements of that diploma will be considered as well. Please note that students who complete a Modified Standard diploma can continue their enrollment in school, as the Modified Standard diploma is not a terminal diploma. Special consideration should be given to students in subgroups whose graduation rate falls below that of the subgroup with the highest graduation rate. School divisions and regions should review their graduation data to justify a focus on particular subgroups.


Each Superintendents Regional Study Group is eligible to receive approximately $75,000 to implement a Project Graduation Academic Year Grant for the school year of 2006-2007. The standard model is for one school division to act as the fiscal agent for each grant; however, several sites within the region may serve students. In addition, more than one grant application from a region will be accepted. Individual school divisions are eligible to apply, although each division may participate in only one grant application per region.


The final grant awards will be based upon approval of the proposal, including all required forms and signatures, and meeting the submission deadlines. Regions with very high population densities may be eligible for additional funding based on the 2005-2006 academic year regional academy enrollments and the number of divisions participating from each region. The funds will be disbursed on a cost reimbursement basis. The application as well as additional information related to grant requirements and timelines can be found in Attachment A.


The academy must focus on student instruction that is based on data derived from diagnostic instruments and previous assessment results for each student. Data from previous academies should be used to identify effective strategies and practices.


If you have questions regarding these two grant opportunities, please contact Tabitha Foreman, high school initiatives specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 786-1993.