List of Districts Identified for Federal Improvement Grants Released
OLYMPIA — March 29, 2010 — A total of nine districts have been identified to receive federal School Improvement Grants, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced this morning.
The grants, totaling $17 million for the 2010-11 school year, will be used to improve student achievement. The nine districts are:
Each district will next work with OSPI to finalize the list of schools to be served in that district and to finalize the monetary amounts for each school. The schools that will be served, and the money they will receive, will be posted to the OSPI Web site on April 27, 2010, along with the unsuccessful applications.
“We received many impressive applications and participated in meaningful interviews,” said Janell Newman, assistant superintendent for district and school improvement and accountability at OSPI. “But district requests for funds were much greater than the amount of funds available.”
In all, 41 schools from 21 districts applied for the grants and requested around $49 million.
Recipients of the School Improvement Grants had to demonstrate a strong commitment to one of four intervention models: turnaround, restart, closure or transformation. The overall goal of the program is to understand which practices produce the most significant improvements in student achievement, specifically those practices that reflect the diversity of schools, such as those serving Title I populations and those serving large populations of traditionally underserved groups, such as Native American students, Latino students, ELL students and poor students.
The selection of the nine districts involved a complex process involving many steps. First, an independent organization reviewed each school eligible for the grants on its classroom and school practices. That review was shared with the school and the district. Grant applications were reviewed by multiple reviewers, and interviews with all districts also were conducted.
Districts that will not be receiving grants will work with OSPI to find services that might be available to help them, such as district-level reviews, math and reading program reviews, coaching for instructional leaders and online classroom data collection.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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OSPI Communications Manager
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