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EWU Awarded Community Grant

Published: May 06, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University has been awarded a $149,995 College Spark Washington Community Grant to partner with Community Colleges of Spokane and K-12 school districts in the greater-Spokane region to improve the alignment of curriculum and assessments with each other and to the Common Core State Standards.

The annual, competitive statewide Community Grants Program focuses on building the effectiveness of grantees working with low-income students in middle, high school and college by funding new and promising practices that help students be college-ready and transition successfully to college.

"The College Spark grant will allow high school teachers and college professors to align curriculum around the rigorous expectations of the Common Core State Standards," said Wendy Watson, director of the Secondary Curriculum at Spokane Public Schools. "The goal is for students to transition seamlessly from high school to postsecondary coursework without the need for remediation."

This year's 12 grantees will measure results using at least one of the four following indicators of future college success:

8th Grade Algebra: Increasing the number of students who take and pass Algebra by the eighth grade.
Early Warning Indicators: Decreasing the number of middle school students who trigger two of three early warning indicators: five or more absences per semester; course failure; suspension or expulsion.
Remedial Education: Decreasing the number of students who require remedial education in college.
College Math and English: Increasing the number of students who earn their first college-level credit in English or math.

"We are supporting organizations across the state working hard and making progress on postsecondary access, persistence and completion rates for low-income students," said Christine McCabe, executive director at College Spark Washington. "These grantees will be tracking their results and sharing what works."

Since 2005, College Spark Washington's Community Grants Program has awarded more than 100 Community Grants totaling $14 million.

To see a full list and descriptions of grantees visit the 2014 Community Grantees web page.

For information, please contact Barbara Alvin, EWU Mathematics department chair at balvin@ewu.edu or 509.359.2203

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College Spark Washington funds programs across Washington state that help low-income students become college-ready and earn their degrees. Grantees include community-based organizations, K-12 schools and districts, community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, educational nonprofits, and public agencies. College Spark began supporting access to higher education in 1978 and, since 2005, has awarded more than $38 million to college readiness and degree completion programs throughout the state.
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