2014 Community Grantees

College Spark Washington's 2014 grant recipients are listed below by region. 


Map of Washington


Everett Community College (Everett) -- $39,500 for a research project about the relationship that student preparation and characteristics have with the long-term math success of community college students that have gone through various reforms to the developmental math sequence that have been tried at Everett Community College.

Green River Community College Foundation (Auburn) -- $77,749 over three years to develop and test the required use of an out of class writing center services for students in remedial English and learn how requiring academic supports that are typically optional can affect the likelihood of transitioning to successful completion of college level English courses.

Tacoma Community College (Tacoma) -- $150,000 over three years to facilitate a collaborative effort between Tacoma Community College and Tacoma Public Schools to improve the alignment between the K-12 and postsecondary project partners, reduce learning gaps in the transition from high school to college in math and English, and better prepare students for college-level work.

The Dream Project (Seattle) -- $150,000 over three years to enhance its current work by improving its curriculum, materials and training of mentors; and improvements to its data management system to better inform efforts to help students avoid remediation.



Eastern Washington University (Cheney) -- $149,985 over three years to partner with Community Colleges of Spokane and K-12 school districts in the greater-Spokane region to improve the alignment of curriculum and assessments with each other and to the Common Core State Standards.

NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 (Spokane) -- $149,799 over three years to develop and implement an Algebra-readiness boot camp for students in 5th - 7th grades and professional development for middle school math teachers with the goal of increasing the number of students taking and passing Algebra by the 8th grade.


Educational Service District 112 (Vancouver) -- $150,000 over three years for professional development to help math teachers improve their skills in teaching Algebra to low-income middle school students. The project includes providing direct support to 75 students over three years to help them overcome barriers to success in math and change the culture of math fear and avoidance.


Peninsula College (Port Angeles) -- $149,989 over two years to expand a pilot of “flipped classrooms” - a term used to describe delivering lecture content online outside of class time and using the classroom for practicing skills, small group interactions and one-on-one instruction – to all sections of one level of developmental math and developmental English with the goal of improving the number of students that are able to go on to earn college-level credits.

North Central

Brewster School District (Brewster) --$145,000 over three years to implement TI-Math Forward, a program that includes professional development for middle school math teachers, extended class time for math, and improved use of technology to support instruction.

South Central

Toppenish Middle School (Toppenish) --$150,000 over three years to provide professional development to math teachers and required out-of-school time support to students struggling the most with math at a 100% free and reduced lunch middle school that has recently transitioned to Algebra for all students.

Central & Eastern

The Rural Alliance for College Success - Mary Walker School District (Springdale) --$120,000 over three years to administer a college placement test for math to high school juniors at over 20 participating schools and provide a remediation course during senior year to low-scoring students. The goal is to reduce the number of students that require remedial math in college.

Northwest & North Central

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (Olympia) --$150,000 over three years to assist a group of colleges with developing and implementing transcript-based placement procedures for English to replace current placement procedures that rely only on placement tests and to develop a toolkit on how to do this work that can be used by other colleges in Washington.