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Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund. July 25, 2011 National Education Statistics Agenda Committee. Overview. Overview of the i3 Program Key features of i3 Review of the FY2010 Competition & Results Grants funded under the Use of Data Priority FY2011 i3 Competition

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investing in innovation i3 fund

Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund

July 25, 2011

National Education Statistics Agenda Committee

overview
Overview
  • Overview of the i3 Program
      • Key features of i3
      • Review of the FY2010 Competition & Results
  • Grants funded under the Use of Data Priority
  • FY2011 i3 Competition
    • Major Changes from the FY2010 Competition
    • i3 Looking Forward
investing in innovation i3 fund summary
Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund Summary
  • To provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement, attainment or retention in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on:
  • Improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates
  • Increasing college enrollment and completion rates

Purpose

  • Eligible applicants are:
  • Local educational agencies (LEAs)
  • Nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools

Applicants

types of awards available under i3
Types of Awards Available Under i3

i3

Development

Validation

Scale-up

slide5

What Makes i3 Different

  • Builds portfolio of solutions to some of America’s most persistent educational challenges
  • Aligns amount of funding with level of evidence
  • Aims explicitly to scale effective programs and create a pipeline of promising innovations
  • Provides funding for required independent evaluation in order to build understanding of “what works”
slide6

How We Think About Innovation

Invention

Innovation

product, process, strategy, or approach that improves significantly upon the status quo and reaches scale

Greater Impact

Baseline

Trend

Scale

Note: The definition of innovation on this slide is presented as an overview of the concept, not as a specific definition in the i3 program

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Vibrant Competition in 2010

  • $650 million to be obligated by September 30, 2010
  • Nearly 1700 applications across all three grant categories (received 19 Scale-up, 355 Validation, 1324 Development applications)
  • 49 grantees - 4 Scale-up, 15 Validation, 30 Development grants – aiming to collectively serve millions of students
  • All 49 grantees secured private-sector matching
  • Multiple unfunded i3 applicants subsequently have identified organizations to fund at least part of their proposal
i3 priorities in fy2010
i3 Priorities in FY2010

Teacher and Principal Effectiveness

Early Learning

(0 or 1 point)

Enhanced Data Systems

College Access and Success

(0 or 1 point)

Improve Achievementfor High-Need Students

College- and Career-ready Standards and Assessments

Serving Students with Disabilities and Limited English Proficient Students

(0 or 1 point)

Improving Achievement in Persistently Low-performing Schools

Serving Students in Rural LEAs

(0, 1, or 2 points)

Required forall applications

Must address oneAbsolute Priority

May address one or moreCompetitive Preference

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Post Award Requirements

All i3 Grantees

MUST

MUST

  • Evaluation
    • Conduct an independent project evaluation
    • Cooperate with technical assistance provided by the Department or its contractors
    • Share broadly the results of any evaluation (and data sets for Validation and Scale-up)
  • Participate in, organize, or facilitate, as appropriate, communities of practice for the i3 program

MUST

overview1
Overview
  • Overview of the i3 Program
      • Key features of i3
      • Review of the FY2010 Competition & Results
  • Grants funded under the Use of Data Priority
  • FY2011 i3 Competition
    • Major Changes from the FY2010 Competition
    • i3 Looking Forward
examples of projects funded under data priority
Examples of Projects funded under Data Priority
  • Project READS: Using Data to Promote Summer Reading

Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College

Validation Grant

Amount of Grant Award: $12,773,136

Length of Project: 5 years

Partnering with LEAs in NC – uses student achievement growth data to identify which version of its program is cost effective in its goal to reduce summer learning loss and will support LEAs in using student achievement growth data to determine whether a targeted summer intervention is needed

examples of projects funded under data priority1
Examples of Projects funded under Data Priority
  • School of One

New York City Department of Education

Development Grant

Amount of Grant Award: $4,999,560

Length of Project: 4 years

Expands model to four additional schools sites where students receive instruction through multiple modalities and an adaptive learning platform

examples of projects funded under data priority2
Examples of Projects funded under Data Priority
  • Engage ME: PLEASE (Personalized Learning Experiences Accelerate Standards-Based Education)

Forsyth County Schools

Development Grant

Amount of Grant Award: $4,738,315

Length of Project: 5 years

Uses a role-based portal that allows students and teachers to access resources necessary for reflection on student learning and teacher instruction by integrating several data systems into one system

examples of projects funded under data priority3
Examples of Projects funded under Data Priority
  • Expansion and Evaluation of Education Pilot Program(EPP)

Advancement Through Opportunity and Knowledge

Development Grant

Amount of Grant Award: $3,742,580

Length of Project: 4 years

Partnering with LEAs in CA – shares data across sectors through an integrated service model so that a multidisciplinary care team can monitor student progress and service provision for foster youth

example of data use by a project funded under another priority
Example of Data Use by a Project funded under another Priority
  • Educator Evaluation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (E3TL) Consortium

American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation (AFTEF)

Development Grant

Amount of Grant Award: $4,989,9944

Length of Project: 4 years

Partnering with LEAs in NY and RI – provides training and professional development to support LEAs in the implementation of performance-based teacher evaluation systems – to support this project, AFTEF is working to develop software that will facilitate the data collection process used in teacher evaluation

overview2
Overview
  • Overview of the i3 Program
      • Key features of i3
      • Review of the FY2010 Competition & Results
  • Grants funded under the Use of Data Priority
  • FY2011 i3 Competition
    • Major Changes from the FY2010 Competition
    • i3 Looking Forward
i3 looking forward
i3: Looking Forward
  • FY 2012 Competition
    • Funding for i3 is in the Department’s FY2012 budget
  • “Long Term” Focus
    • The design of the i3 program supports a pipeline of promising innovations and provides incentives for building an evidence base that may allow a project to move up funding categories
    • Importance of a well-designed and well-implemented evaluation that provides data on the impact of the intervention
    • Importance of collecting high-quality implementation data and performance feedback to support replication
other important resources
Other Important Resources
  • Investing in Innovation Fund Web site:
  • (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/index.html)
    • Notice of Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria (March 12, 2010)
    • Notice of Final Revisions to Priorities, Requirements, and Selection Criteria (June 3, 2011)
      • Notices Inviting Applications for the FY2011 i3 Competition (June 3, 2011)
    • Frequently Asked Questions
      • Evidence Summary Table
      • Selection Criteria Summary Table
    • i3 At-A-Glance (quick reference)
    • For information on the FY2010 grantees: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/awards.html

All questions about i3 may be sent to i3@ed.gov