Federal improvement grant list for Washington schools released

Eighteen schools in Washington will receive $50 million in federal School Improvement Grants beginning next school year, according to a newly released list.


Source: OSPI

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

Here's a look at districts that received funding, and those who did not:

Funded District Highlights and Applications:

Grandview Highlights:
Grandview Middle School
Grandview Application

Highline Highlights:
Cascade Middle School
Chinook Middle School
Highline Application

Longview Highlights:
Monticello Middle School
Longview Application

Marysville Highlights:
Tulalip Elementary & Totem Middle School
Marysville Application

Seattle Highlights:
Cleveland High School
Hawthorne Elementary
West Seattle Elementary
Seattle Application

Sunnyside Highlights:
Sunnyside High School
Sunnyside Application

Tacoma Highlights:
Giaudrone Middle School
Jason Lee Middle School
Stewart Middle School
Tacoma Application

Wellpinit Highlights:
Wellpinit Elementary
Wellpinit Application

Yakima Highlights:
Adams Elementary
Stanton Academy
Washington Middle School
Yakima Application

Unfunded District Applications:

Mount Adams
Walla Walla


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.

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.

A total of $3.546 billion is available nationwide for federal School Improvement Grants (SIGs) from the combined American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Fiscal Year 2009 funds appropriated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The purpose of these funds is to turn around the bottom 5 percent of persistently low-achieving Title I schools and Title I-eligible secondary schools, so that these schools make Adequate Yearly Progress and exit improvement status.

Based on federal guidelines, approximately 42.5 million SIG funds will be used in Washington state to:

  • Provide financial resources to qualifying districts to implement selected intervention model(s) in identified Tier I and Tier II schools with strict fidelity, per federal guidelines
  • Provide financial resources to qualifying districts to support activities and services in identified Tier III schools, per federal regulations
  • Provide technical assistance and training to use an OSPI-specified online tool for posting intervention plans and providing ongoing evidence of implementation and impact of intervention efforts; and
  • Create effective structures and conditions in schools and districts essential to continuous improvement of teaching and learning and to sustain reforms after the funding period ends


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July 19, 2010
Votes: +1
Look here, Chance

Chance, I suggest you read this reaction to your post just above:

You just might learn why science matters. It's written by someone who used to feel like you do.

Chance stratton
May 26, 2010
Votes: -1

I want my voice to be heard! I think science should be an optinal class. Many kids aren't going to grow up to be sceintest so why are we forced to learn it. For exemple I know I will not pursue my science carreer so why waste my time when I could be learning about things I want to. I think all schools should have a debate class but many don't like mine wich dissopoints me because that's what intrests me the most. If we had more classes that teach life skills instead of science. If I took a survey I'm sure more kids and adults would say sceince is not that important to kids who aren't intrested. I'm not saying get rid of science just please consider making it optinal.

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