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Schools Selected for Federal Improvement Grants Released

OLYMPIA, April 27, 2010 — A total of 18 schools will receive federal School Improvement Grants for the 2010-11 school year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced today.

OSPI also released the amount of money awarded to each school, as well as projections for the second and third years of the grants.

“The schools that were chosen to receive School Improvement grants demonstrated a strong commitment to innovation and turnaround,” said Janell Newman, assistant superintendent for district and school improvement and accountability at OSPI. “The money they will receive gives them a unique opportunity not only to turn around the schools, but to establish models for other schools in the state.”

In all, a total of 41 schools from 21 districts applied for the grants.

Recipients are required to use 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, particularly in diverse schools serving low-income students, children of color and English language learners.

The 18 schools represent nine districts. Initially, 19 schools were identified, but the Yakima School District opted to serve three of their four eligible schools.

The grants total $50 million for three years, or about $47.7 million after administrative costs are subtracted. That amount is being disbursed as follows: 40 percent in the first year (2010-11), 35 percent in the second and 25 percent in the third year. For the 2010-11 school year, the total money awarded is about $19 million.

Districts that will not receive 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.

View the list of School Improvement Grant Awardees and Unfunded District Applications.

Visit the School Improvement Grant program for more information.


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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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