LAFAYETTE, LA — Friday, State Superintendent of Education John White will visit Acadiana High School in Lafayette Parish to recognize the Lafayette Parish School System and Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper by presenting the district with a check for $150,000 for their winning application in the $4 million competitive Believe and Include grant initiative to serve students with disabilities. Existing federal funding for projects within the bureaucracy was repurposed and returned to schools to spur innovation that will directly impact student achievement for students with disabilities. Three Lafayette Parish schools - Acadiana High School, Scott Middle School, and Westside Elementary School - will partner together to implement the I Write! project. This project is aimed at improving writing skills for students with disabilities to better assist them in achieving higher outcomes on state assessments.
In addition, Supt. White will recognize Acadiana High School for earning the Top Gains School designation for the 2011-2012 school year. Supt. White will present the school with a check in the amount of $8,500 as a reward for increasing student achievement. For the 2011-2012 school year, 440 schools were designated as Top Gains school, which are schools that improved their School Performance Score by or beyond a pre-determined growth target.