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Dorn Pleased With Academic Growth in SIG Schools
At the end of their three-year grants, schools in Cohort I show impressive results

OLYMPIA — October 2, 2013 — Washington state schools that received three-year federal School Improvement Grants have made impressive gains in student achievement in math and reading, according to data released today by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Twenty-seven schools each received between $50,000 and $2 million every year for three years. Cohort I consists of 17 schools. They were awarded grants from 2009‒10 through 2011‒12. Their final results, by school, are now online.

The other 10 schools are in Cohort II. Their grants were awarded from 2010‒11 through 2012‒13. Final results will be available next year.

Of the schools in Cohort I:

  • 76% showed double- or single-digit gains in reading proficiency.
  • 95% showed double- or single-digit gains in mathematics proficiency.

“I’m pleased with the continued growth and progress of our SIG schools,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “It creates a sense of optimism about what can happen in each of our schools when we focus on student achievement and teacher professional development. But adequate funds must exist to make that happen.”

Schools that received federal School Improvement Grants are known as the “persistently lowest-achieving schools.” They represent the lowest ranked five percent of Title I schools in Washington. Rankings were based on a variety of factors, such as reading and math scores; that school’s Annual Measurable Objectives, as defined by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act; and graduation rates for Title I-eligible secondary schools.

The grants are part of the federal Title I program, which provides money to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of low-income children.

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Schools in Cohort I

Schools in Cohort II


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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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   Updated 10/2/2013

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