Ladders to HOPE qualifies 25 percent of participants for scholarship


Ladders to HOPE qualifies 25 percent of participants for scholarship

Williamson County Schools’ innovative peer tutoring program Ladders to HOPE is drawing to a close in its inaugural year with about 25 percent of participants qualified for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship.

Williamson County Schools’ innovative peer tutoring program Ladders to HOPE is drawing to a close in its inaugural year with about 25 percent of participants qualified for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship.

“The last number was 84 kids that increased their score enough to keep the laptops, which is about 25 percent of the participants,” Superintendent Mike Looney said.

Starting Oct. 1, 2013, district students were given the opportunity to tutor or be tutored in an effort to raise composite ACT scores to a 21 or higher and thus qualify for the federal scholarship. The tutoring period ends May 1.

Approximately $200,000 was appropriated to purchase new Chromebook laptops for the 801 participating students. Tutees’ laptops were purchased with donated funds, while laptops for tutors were purchased with money appropriated from the schools’ tutoring budget.

Tutors that logged a minimum 40 hours of tutoring and tutees that increased their scores to a 21 or higher on the ACT this school year are permitted to keep their new Chromebook laptops.

After the December 2013 ACT testing date, 69 out of 355 participating tutees had improved their scores to a 21 or higher, qualifying for $1,104,000 in HOPE funding.

That number increased by 15 students after the Feb. 8 testing date.

The last ACT testing scheduled for the 2013-2014 school year was held April 12.

“The district will have all reported scores sometime in mid to late May and students have until May 16 to return laptops,” WCS Research and Program Development Analyst Latarchal Morton said.

Morton will have a final report on the project in June.

Looney said there will be a celebration on May 6 for students who met the requirements.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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