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Mathematics Achievement Fund (MAF) Grant

Grants to Kentucky School Districts to Improve Mathematics
Instruction for Students in Grades 1-12

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Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)

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10/08/21 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to Kentucky public school districts for activities to improve classroom instruction of mathematics in grades 1-12. Funding is intended to support intervention and assessment programs that provide training for mathematics teachers to become mathematics coaches, in order to enhance mathematics teaching practices in the schools. Funds may be used for release time for teachers to serve as coaches. The purpose of the program is to improve student achievement in mathematics in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state.

The Mathematics Achievement Fund (MAF) was established to provide developmentally appropriate diagnostic assessment and intervention services to students, primary through grade 12, to help them reach proficiency in mathematics. A mathematics coach is defined as a mathematics leader whose primary responsibility is to provide ongoing support for mathematics teachers. The role of the coach is to improve mathematics teaching practices by working with teachers in their classrooms through the following activities:

  • Observing and providing feedback to them;
  • Modeling appropriate evidence-based instructional practices;
  • Conducting workshops or institutes;
  • Establishing professional learning communities; and
  • Ensuring high-quality instructional resources are aligned to the Kentucky Academic Standards for Mathematics in order to meet the needs of primary students and other students who are struggling to meet grade-level standards in mathematics.

For Mathematics Coach Responsibilities (deliverables) in specified years, see pp. 3-5 of the RFA listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175007

Number of Grants:

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates funding approximately 75 schools.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates funding at an estimated $62,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Grants are renewable for up to four years, with a two-year grant renewal process, contingent on successful implementation of coach components, grant requirement compliance, demonstrated student progress, and the availability of funds.

The first MOA effective date is anticipated to be July 1, 2022 and funds will be eligible for use from the MOA effective date through June 30, 2024. Additional MOA contracts will be developed as needed to extend grant awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All public school districts in Kentucky and Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) and Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD), with students in the primary program who are struggling with mathematics, are eligible to apply.

The fiscal agent for the application for public schools shall be a local school district.

Mathematics coach requirements - Schools shall train a school level mathematics coach:
- Who has at least five years of certified primary/intermediate mathematics teaching experience;
- Who demonstrates leadership skills regarding coaching adult learners;
- Who has the capacity to design professional learning aligned to the characteristics of igh Quality Professional Learning (HQPL); and
- Who is able to determine whether instructional resources are aligned to the KAS for Mathematics (please see High Quality Instructional Resources) and, based on that determination, support teachers with next instructional steps.

For Professional Learning Requirements for mathematics coaches, see p. 5 of the RFA listed in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance:
To assist districts in preparing an application, the KDE will offer an online technical assistance session on Wednesday, September 15 at 4 p.m. ET for the purpose of application preparation. Attendance is not required but encouraged, as this will be the only opportunity for live questions. Applicants should advise the KDE within seven working days of the scheduled technical assistance session of any special accommodations needed for attendees.

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Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: 4 p.m. (ET) Friday, October 8, 2021 Applications received after 4p.m. (ET) will NOT be reviewed.

- September 1, 2021 RFA released
- September 15, 2021 Technical assistance webinar online
- September 22, 2021 Questions deadline*
- October 8, 2021 Application deadline
- TBD Application review and scoring
- On or around December 1, 2021 Awardees are posted to KDE website
- TBD MOA process (KDE & LEA)
- TBD District plans reviewed
- July 1, 2022 Funding available to LEA

*All questions must be submitted via email to the KDE mailbox by Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 4 p.m. ET. All questions and answers will be posted with the RFA on the KDE website on or around Monday, September 27, 2021.

Each school will provide a budget that shows matching funds for the MAF grant of $62,000 from the local school district.

Up to 25% of the funds may be used for the salary of the mathematics coach.

The public-school district must submit a separate application for each school.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit all questions and applications by email to:

Kentucky Department of Education
Division of Communications
Office of the Commissioner
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3141

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