Tishomingo Elementary School was selected as one of 20 Oklahoma public schools awarded the Systems Changing Oklahoma Reading Expectations grant.
The grant designed to help schools improve literacy rates under the Reading Sufficiency Act was distributed by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Fifty-five schools applied for the grant and those chosen will act as a model program over the new two years, reporting findings, sharing insights and techniques with all model schools, according to the state agencies.
Tishomingo Elementary School was the only school in southern Oklahoma chosen for the Systems Changing Oklahoma Reading Expectations grant, known as SCORE.
Tishomingo was awarded $100,000 to spend over the course of this school year and the 2015-16 school year. The school must submit progress reports, annual reports and a final report.
SCORE grant coordinator Michele Sprague said the ultimate aim of the grants “is to provide support, guidance, professional development and funding so awardees will effectively change their systems into model schools for literacy.”