As the Education Dept. prepares for another round of Investing in Innovation (i3) grants, it seeks to conduct a national evaluation of previous competition winners to see which strategies helped in improving the delivery of instruction in the K-12 classroom.
Public Comment Deadline: Nov. 28.
ED last year awarded about $130 million in three categories of i3 grants: Development Grants (up to $3 million each) (CFDA Numbers: 84.411P& 84.411C); Scale-up Grants ($19 million each) (CFDA Number: 84.411A) and Validation Grants ($11.5 million each) (CFDA Number: 84.411B)
The i3 competitions are different from the approximately 100 annual competitions that ED holds each year because it is a staged contest that begins with the Development round. The other two rounds only open after the Development competition closes. Last year’s final deadline was June 24. ED officials say to anticipate the first NOFA in March with an April deadline.
ED was mostly interested in projects which include compelling evidence showing positive results in achieving. The i3 program rewards innovative education practices that improve student achievement. Scale-up Grants enhance practices, strategies or programs with strong evidence of improving student achievement. Validation Grants support practices, strategies or programs that show promise for improving student achievement, but for which there is currently only moderate evidence.
The new assessment, National Evaluation of the Investing in Innovation (i3) Program, will look at 43 winners to determine whether they really did improve how they teach kids in the classroom. Specifically, the data collection will describe the intervention implemented by each i3 grantee; assess strength of the evidence produced by each i3 evaluation; present the evidence produced by each i3 evaluation; and identify best practices.