Program Office: Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs
CFDA Number: 84.215C
The Comprehensive School Reform Capacity Building Grants are intended to help organizations improve the quality of their reform models and satisfy increased demand from schools that want to adopt those models. In September 2000, the Office of Educational Research and Improvement awarded $37 million to 15 groups to improve and expand their national CSR models. To qualify, the groups had to show their models are operating successfully in at least 15 schools and that there is a significant unmet demand for their services.
In an effort to serve more schools well over time, the Capacity Building Grants emphasize "scaling up" to accommodate more clients, tracking data, offering feedback on professional development, and gauging the usefulness of materials, effectiveness for special populations and low-performing schools, staff support, and evenness of implementation over multiple sites.