In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $38.8 million in Safe and Supportive School (S3) grants to 11 states to measure school safety at the building level and to provide federal funds for interventions in the schools with the greatest needs. The ultimate goal of the four-year grants was to create and support safe and drug-free learning environments and increase academic success for students.
Through these grants, funded by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, the U.S. Department of Education supported state efforts to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, ensure the health and well-being of students, and teach students good citizenship and character. The office coordinated the department’s efforts in these areas with other federal agencies such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Funds were used by state education agencies to develop measurement systems that allowed them to assess conditions for learning within individual schools, including school safety, and to make this information publicly available. Using these data, states worked in collaboration with participating local educational agencies to improve the learning environment within schools that faced the biggest challenges.
The Safe and Supportive Schools state grantees included:
- Arizona Department of Education
- California Department of Education
- Iowa Department of Education
- Kansas State Department of Education
- Louisiana Department of Education
- Maryland State Department of Education
- Michigan Department of Education
- South Carolina Department of Education
- Tennessee Department of Education
- West Virginia Department of Education
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
A descriptive study of the S3 grant projects was completed, summarizing participating districts and key operational partners, as well as primary implementation activities and outcome data.
Comprehensive grantee reports (full profiles and brief snapshots) can be found on the individual grantee pages linked above.