Nearly $1 Million Awarded for Washington State Computer Science Education
Washington State Legislature expands funding for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) engagement
OLYMPIA — October 31, 2017 — Almost $1 million in grants were awarded to improve access to computer science and related educational programs in Washington state, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.
The grants allow districts, schools, and nonprofits to:
- train teachers;
- provide and upgrade technology; and
- expand access to girls, students from underrepresented populations, and communities who have historically been underserved.
This year’s grants were awarded to the following:
|Academy for Precision Learning||$61,000|
|Auburn School District||35,000|
|Cascade School District||17,500|
|Chehalis School District ||19,000|
|Colfax High School||5,000|
|Eatonville School District||40,000|
|Edmonds School District||59,000|
|ESD 101 ||190,000|
|ESD 112 ||22,000|
|ESD 113 ||34,000|
|ESD 121 ||98,000|
|Gates Secondary School||5,400|
|Lake Chelan School District||45,000|
|McCleary School District||10,000|
|Nespelem School District||17,500|
|Ocosta School District||2,000|
|Peninsula School District ||78,000|
|Snoqualmie Valley School District||56,000|
|Tacoma School District||33,000|
|Vancouver School District||5,000|
|Wahkiakum School District||24,000|
|Walla Walla School District||40,000|
|Washington High School||5,400|
“More students and educators will have access to cutting-edge technology with this funding,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “This investment is key to our vision of supporting all students, including those who have historically not been as involved in computer science education as some of their peers. These kids will now have the tools needed to engage with the industries of the future—many of which are based right here, in Washington state. Congratulations to the grantees.”
The Washington State Legislature made $1 million available for computer science education grant funding through OSPI in 2017.
State grant funds must be matched equally by private sources, which effectively doubled the total grant amount to $2 million for our state’s students and educators.
Washington state’s Computer Science K–12 Learning Standards must be used in the implementation of these grant projects. These programs support innovative ways to introduce and engage students from historically underrepresented groups—including girls, students who are low-income, and students of color—to computer science and to inspire them to consider computer science careers.
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 Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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