Data on School Improvement Grant program leave questions

11/27/2013 | Education Week

The release of data last week by the U.S. Department of Education -- showing that $3 billion in federal stimulus funding and $1 billion in congressional appropriations under the School Improvement Grant program led to some improvements for two-thirds of schools -- left many unanswered questions, Alyson Klein writes. Among them are how struggling schools not part of the SIG program are faring, what improvements individual schools made, which schools actually did worse after receiving the grants, how student subgroups fared and what role design and funding of the program had in outcomes.

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