Aumua Announces $2.2 Million in Grant Funding for ASDOE

September 10, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata, announced that today that the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) has awarded a grant in the amount of $ 2.2 million to the American Samoa Department of Education (ASDoE) for the Statewide Data Systems Program.

“I am pleased to announce this important funding for our local Department of Education,” stated Amata.  “These funds will be used to gather information in order to develop and implement a territory wide student data system, so that American Samoa can be in compliance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act,” continued Amata. 

Specifically, the funds will support two top priorities of the ASDoE; Early Learning, and College and Career Readiness.

Early Learning: Will link early childhood data to K12 student data in order to better understand the characteristics and quality of early learning services provided in the territory, access to and use of these services by low income children and families, and the correlation between participation in early learning programs and subsequent student outcomes.

College and Career Readiness: Will assess students’ college and career readiness in order to improve their postsecondary education and workforce outcomes.

“I want to thank the U.S. Department of Education for their wisdom and foresight in awarding this vital funding and those individuals in the American Samoa Department of Education, especially Tupua Roy Fua and Marty Mamea, who put in their hard work and time to ensure that American Samoa was awarded these funds,” concluded Amata.

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