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ERIC Number: ED515580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan-25
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Taking Advantage: The Rural Competitive Preference in the Investing in Innovation Program
Strange, Marty
Rural School and Community Trust
The Investing in Innovation (i3) program is a U.S. Department of Education competitive grant program supporting innovation in public schools. To encourage projects focusing on rural education in its first round of grants in 2010 the Department offered two bonus points in the scoring system for "projects that would implement innovative practices, strategies, or programs that are designed to focus on the unique challenges of high-need students in schools within a rural [school district] and address the particular challenges faced by students in these schools." This report analyzes the impact of this "competitive rural preference" by examining the applications and the reader-scorers' reviews of the 19 applicants who claimed the rural preference points, and were ultimately successful in securing an i3 grant. This report does not address the question of whether the applicants should have been awarded a grant, but only considers whether the rural claim was well-made by the applicants and well-evaluated by the readers. A list of the 19 highly-rated proposals that made the rural competitive preference claim is appended. (Contains 3 tables and 5 footnotes.)
Rural School and Community Trust. 1530 Wilson Boulevard #240, Arlington, VA 22209. Tel: 703-243-1487; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural School and Community Trust