Awards include $550,000 for the creation and launch of APS Insights, a data dashboard designed to provide information about school options and quality metrics with parents, as well as real-time updates about their children's grades, attendance, and behavior. An additional grant of $900,000 will enable APS to partner with Mathematica Policy Research to conduct an evaluation of the school district's turnaround strategy. The investment by the foundation also includes two grants of $325,000 each in support of turnaround efforts at Thomasville Heights Elementary School and Gideons Elementary School.
While the grants represent the first time the foundation has partnered directly with the district to expand access to information about district schools, the foundation is a longtime supporter of public schools in Atlanta, having awarded nearly $9.2 million since 1999.
"APS is grateful to the Walton Family Foundation for its continued support of our students and educators," said Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen. "These funds will allow us to provide real-time student achievement and behavior data to parents, evaluate the effectiveness of the district’s Turnaround Strategy, and ensure successful implementation of the district’s first turnaround partner schools."