Santa Rosa City Schools and Cotati-Rohnert Park have won a combined $240,000 from the Enhancing Education Through Technology competitive grants.
Santa Rosa was awarded $190,000 and Cotati-Rohnert Park will get $50,000, according to the California Department of Education, which announced the awards today.
In Mendocino County, Ukiah Unified was awarded $50,000 and Leggett Valley Unified got $10,000. In Lake County, Konocti Unified got $50,000.
“These grants will help schools use data effectively to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap,” said state schools chief Jack O’Connell in a statement. “With the state budget crisis continuing, our cash-strapped schools desperately need these funds as soon as possible so they can use education data and technology to better prepare students for college or careers.”
Funding for the grants is provided through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The funds will be used by schools to acquire and maintain the use of data to improve high school graduation rates and promote student readiness for college careers, according to the CDE.
Grants varied from $10,000 to $3 million. Amounts were based on the number of seventh through 12th grade students enrolled in each district, according to the CDE.