The United States Department of Education today named The Achievement Network (ANet) as one of the highest –rated applicants for the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. The i3 fund was established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment. ANet is one of only 30 i3 competition winners in the Development category; overall the competition received nearly 1,700 applications. Pending Department of Education verification, the i3 grant to ANet will be up to $5MM.
“We are honored that our organization, committed to using data to identify and close gaps in student achievement, was selected as a highest-rated applicant for the i3 program among a highly-competitive field of recognized innovators in education,” said Ted Preston, ANet’s Chief Executive Officer. “The i3 grant will allow us to expand our programs to serve the teachers and students of additional high-need schools committed to closing the achievement gap, as well as design and conduct a study to validate our approach.”
ANet applied for the i3 competition’s Absolute Priority around the Use of Data. ANet’s i3 proposal, entitled “Improving the Use of Data in Schools: Expanding the Achievement Network Model,” proposes to expand ANet’s data-driven model over four years to additional schools in our Networks in Massachusetts, Washington, DC, Louisiana and Illinois. The proposal also details a formal evaluation by an external party to further validate the impact of ANet on student achievement; augment the body of research on interim assessment programs and support; and share the ANet model for implementation in additional schools.
“While there is widespread belief in using data to identify and address gaps in student learning to improve academic achievement, there is a lack of solid research to explain why this approach is effective,” commented John Maycock, ANet’s founder and Chief Program Officer. “This grant provides the resources to conduct a well-designed evaluation to validate the impact of ANet’s program, and further refine our approach, allowing us to expand while continuously improving our program.”
About the Investing in Innovation Program
According to the Department of Education, the Investing in Innovation (i3) program was established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to provide competitive grants to local educational agencies and nonprofit organizations in partnership with them that have a record of improving student achievement. The grants are meant to expand these groups’ innovative practices that are “increasing student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.” More information can be found at www.2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/index.html
About the Achievement Network
ANet is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2005, that works to close the achievement gap and help all students attain academic excellence. ANet provides schools that serve high-need students in grades 3-8 with effective data-driven strategies to identify and close gaps in student learning and embed these strategies into schools’ everyday routines. ANet enables schools to use data to increase high-need student achievement by combining high-quality standards-aligned assessments in English and Math for grades 3-8; educator coaching in how to analyze assessment results, identify gaps in student learning, and create action plans to address these gaps; and peer Networks of schools that collaborate to improve their use of data.