• November 20, 2014

Higher Achievement To Receive i3 Grant from the Department of Education

$12million i3 Validation grant will allow for expansion in Baltimore, DC, Pittsburgh and Richmond

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, November 6, the U.S. Department of Education named Higher Achievement as a “highest rated applicant” for a $12 million Investing in Innovation (i3) Validation grant.  Once Higher Achievement raises $600,000 in matching funds, it will be named an official “winner” of this grant.

Aimed at developing innovative approaches to improving student achievement and replicating effective strategies across the country, the i3 grant is a signature program of the Department of Education that focuses on evidence-based results.

“Receiving the i3 grant is one of the highest honors in the education field,” said Higher Achievement CEO Lynsey Wood Jeffries.  “We are humbled by the recognition by the Department of Education. It is a testament to the quality of our program, the strong findings of our randomized controlled trial study, and the hard work of our staff, board and – most importantly – our scholars.”


This year, over 400 organizations applied this year and only four were awarded the Validation level grant.  Higher Achievement is the first expanded learning program in the country to be awarded a grant of this size.  “These programs are changing the landscape of education in this country by supporting innovative ideas and scaling up what works,” said Secretary Arne Duncan.

Once Higher Achievement secures matching funds and other final requirements, the grant will provide Higher Achievement $12 million over five years to do the following:

  • Expand to nine new Achievement Centers within four affiliates (Baltimore, DC Metro, Pittsburgh, and Richmond)
  • Upgrade curricula (aligning to national and state standards)
  • Develop new systems and training
  • Build the capacity of staff
  • And share best practices with the field.

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