Grant Profile

South Carolina Department of Education

Cohort:
TIF 4
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South Carolina’s TIF 4 grant brings the System for Teacher and Student Advancement (TAP) to 32 high- poverty, high-need schools, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators. The program awards performance bonuses to teachers and administrators based on TAP’s educator evaluation system, which includes student growth. South Carolina offers substantial recruitment bonuses to Effective teachers and principals who agree to teach in high-poverty, high-need schools, as well as retention bonuses for those who prove their continued effectiveness in those positions. Career ladder positions for mentor and master teachers support South Carolina’s evidence-based professional development reforms. Special professional development and curricular supports, as well as STEM’s status as a high-need subject, add a focus on STEM to the grant. The seven South Carolina local education agencies (LEAs) partnering in the STEM and TAP: Effective Practices (STEP) initiative serve high-poverty and high-minority populations in a total of 68 schools, 32 of which participate in the STEP initiative. The participating schools have an average poverty index of 82.5 percent (above the state average of 45 percent) and a combined turnover rate of 21.4 percent.

Grant
Information

1429 Senate Street
Columbia
South Carolina
29201
(803) 734-5882
Project Director: 
Dennis Dotterer
Grant Number: 
S374B120016
Award amount: 
$24,307,353
STEM Grantee: 
Yes
Number of districts: 
7
Number of schools: 
32
Number of principals: 
65
Number of teachers: 
956
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