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U.S. Department of Education Announces Highest-Ranked i3 Applicants

The U.S. Department of Education announced last week the results of its third round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. The 20 potential grantees, chosen from more than 700 applicants, have until December 7th to secure matching funds to receive i3 federal funding.

The 2012 i3 applicants submitted proposals based on one of six priorities:

  • Supporting effective teachers or principals
  • Promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education
  • Supporting the implementation of high academic content standards and high-quality assessments
  • Increasing parent and family engagement
  • Turning around persistently low-performing schools
  • Increasing student achievement and high school graduation rates in rural schools

Competitive preference was given to applications focusing on other key areas of reform, including college access and success and using technology.

The Department of Education’s Web site includes information on the highest-rated applicants. Several applicants are focusing their projects on Career Technical Education (CTE) or related areas. For example, LEED Sacramento’s project will focus on Project Lead the Way, and Jobs for the Future proposed a project on an Early College Expansion Partnership.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

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