Digging Into Transformation: Implementation of Federal School Improvement Grants in Oregon REL


By Caitlin Scott, Ph.D,. Basha Krasnoff, and Deborah Davis

Education Northwest

Publication April 2014
First page of report

What does the experience of federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) recipients in Oregon tell us about the transformation model of school turnaround? This paper discusses findings from a study that analyzed data about grant implementation from Indistar®, Oregon’s online school improvement planning tool, participants’ views of successes and challenges, and student achievement trends. The study shows that full implementation was more frequent for some SIG activities; participants perceived successes but activities around staffing were challenging; and achievement trends were positive. The results are of interest to those using or considering the transformation model, particularly in states with large rural populations, and could inform approaches in the next round of SIG awards.

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