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Learning, Excelling, Achieving in the Delta

Achieving in Delta

The Delta Bridge Project, a comprehensive community development initiative in Phillips County facilitated by Southern, awarded a $1.2 million, three-year grant to help fund an initiative to improve student performance in the county’s three public school districts which together serve 4,500 students. This grant is combined with in-kind matching funds for a total three-year investment of $2.3 million in the Learning, Excelling, Achieving in the Delta (LEAD) initiative. LEAD will work on a classroom-by-classroom, building-by-building basis to increase the number and percentage of students scoring at proficient level or higher by four percentage points or to state averages in each of the reported indicators.   The program showed early success with the number of students reaching the advanced or proficient levels on standardized math and literacy exams increasing by eight percent in the first year.

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