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List of Districts Identified for Federal School Improvement Grants Released

OLYMPIA — March 31, 2011 — A total of six districts have been identified to receive federal School Improvement Grants, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced this morning.

The grants, totaling $4.5 million for the 2011-12 school year, will be used to improve student achievement. The six districts are:

  • Burlington-Edison
  • Marysville
  • Oakville
  • Spokane
  • Toppenish
  • Wapato

Each district will work with OSPI to finalize the plan for the 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 29, 2011, along with the unsuccessful applications.

“We received many impressive applications and participated in meaningful interviews,” said Dan Newell, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education and School Improvement at OSPI. “But district requests for funds were much greater than the amount of funds available.”

In all, 11 schools from 11 districts applied for the grants and requested around $13.5 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 six 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 with Title I schools in a step of improvement that will not be receiving grants will work with OSPI to find services available to help them through OSPI’s Washington Improvement and Implementation Network (WIIN), such as district-level reviews, math and reading program reviews, coaching for instructional leaders and online classroom data collection.


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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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