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A Historical Overview of School Improvement Grants

02-03-2011_10-45-36_47UAExperienced school administrator Michael Kohlhagen of the New York metropolitan area has served as superintendent or assistant superintendent of several school districts during his career. He most recently worked as superintendent of the Wethersfield Public Schools district in Connecticut. Currently, Mr. Kohlhagen focuses on completing his doctor of education degree from Columbia University in the City of New York and helps secure federal School Improvement Grants (SIGs) for school systems.

Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to state education agencies, SIGs provide critical funding to some of the nation’s lowest performing elementary and secondary schools. Initially established through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, SIGs were reauthorized under the provisions of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act. The most recent round of SIGs, made available in February 2010, come from approximately $3.5 billion in Title I funding set aside through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Under the present system, school districts and local educational agencies identify the schools they want to transform most with SIGs to their state education agencies. Local districts and agencies must determine which of the four models (turnaround, restart, transformation, and school closure) they believe will best benefit the school or schools seeking the funding.

An Overview of the SAT Examination by Michael Kohlhagen

A standardized examination that tests students on their reading, writing, and mathematics skills, the SAT is the most popular college admission test. Designed to test high school students on information covered in their general studies, the SAT serves as a means of measuring college readiness. Colleges and universities across the country rely on SAT scores to learn more about their applicants, and many schools offer scholarships based on SAT performance.

Since educators began developing the SAT in the early 1900s, millions of students have taken the examination. Over the years, the test expanded and changed, becoming more standardized and widespread. Today, more than two million students sit down to answer the SAT’s challenging questions every year. To learn more about this important examination or look at sample questions, please visit SAT.CollegeBoard.org.

About the Author: Between 2007 and 2010, Michael Kohlhagen served as the superintendent of Wethersfield Public Schools in Connecticut. During his three-year tenure as superintendent, Mr. Kohlhagen significantly improved Wethersfield High School’s SAT results.

The Benefits of Advanced Placement Classes for College-Bound Students By Michael Kohlhagen

Advanced Placement (AP) classes provide students with the opportunity to earn college credits before graduating from high school. These college-level courses culminate in an exam at the end of the final semester. Scores obtained on AP exams determine the amount of credit that a student may apply to cooperating undergraduate programs during college.

AP courses are available in 34 subjects, including Chemistry, Psychology, English Language and Composition, various history courses, and several foreign languages. Courses offered vary from one high school to another, but are uniformly rigorous in nature in order to prepare students for future college standards.

For more information about Advanced Placement courses and college credits, speak with a student advisor or visit CollegeBoard.com.

About the Author:

Superintendent Michael Kohlhagen is an experienced educational leader and administrator. During his time as the Superintendent of Wethersfield Public Schools in Connecticut, Mr. Kohlhagen increased the availability of AP classes offered within district high schools to benefit students.