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May 2, 2018

Park Middle School receives $150,000 grant

Staff at Park Middle School will use a $150,000 grant to improve student performance in math and better prepare students for the rigors of college.

The three-year grant from College Spark Washington will pay for teacher training on state math standards and provide assistance developing lesson plans and interventions for students. The goal is to see a 50 percent increase in the number of Park eighth-graders scoring a 3 or higher on the 4-point scale of the Smarter Balanced Assessment in math by 2022.

“Success in math is one of the best predictors of a student’s ability to succeed in college and beyond,” says Principal Shaun Espe-Amaya. “This grant will help our teachers give our students the knowledge they need to reach their potential.”

Park is one of 12 schools, community colleges, universities, and other public agencies recently awarded grants from College Spark Washington. The foundation has awarded more than $18 million since 2005 through its Community Grants Program to help more students become college ready and be successful in higher education.