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Opportunities and Obstacles: Implementing Stimulus-Funded School Improvement Grants in Maryland, Michigan, and Idaho

Author(s): Caitlin Scott, Jennifer McMurrer, Shelby McIntosh and Kenne Dibner
Published: March 20, 2012

This report examines the implementation of the federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program by drawing on research conducted in three states, seven school districts, and 11 schools -- including schools that were eligible for but did not receive a SIG award. The study looks at how the federal program requirements are working within the state and local context, the progress made during the first year of the three-year grant implementation, and the different approaches being used to improve student achievement in schools that received SIG funds compared to schools that were eligible for but did not receive grants.

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Report (PDF format, 916 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=ScottMcMurrerMcIntoshDibner%5FReport%5FOpsandObs%5F3%2E20%2E12%2Epdf
Summary (PDF format, 780 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=ScottMcMurrerMcIntoshDibner%5FSummary%5FOpsandObs%5F3%2E20%2E12%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 292 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FOpsandObs%5F3%2E20%2E12%2Epdf
Maryland Case Study (PDF format, 115 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=MD%5FCaseStudy%5FOpsandObs%5F3%2E20%2E12%2Epdf
Michigan Case Study (PDF format, 95.5 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=MI%5FCaseStudy%5FOpsandObs%5F3%2E20%2E12%2Epdf
Idaho Case Study (PDF format, 108 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=ID%5FCaseStudy%5FOpsandObs%5F3%2E20%2E12%2Epdf
Study Methods (PDF format, 80.2 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=StudyMethods%5FOpsandObs%5F3%2E20%2E12%2Epdf


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