Improve Existing Schools
Many schools – whether district, public charter or private – respond constructively to the evolution of increasingly competitive markets. The Walton Family Foundation invests in these schools and organizations that support them to enhance student performance.
To help reformers respond constructively to increasing competition, foundation investment strategies include:
- Teacher Effectiveness – Improve the way teachers are selected, trained and compensated;
- District School Replacement – Help traditional districts close and replace low-performing schools; and
- Non-district School Quality – Address weaknesses in the governance, management and instructional performance of public charter and private schools.
When a market lacks parental choice and competition, investments in school improvement tend not to produce continuous improvements in student achievement over time. Once competitive forces are at work, we can productively help schools and districts improve existing schools. Grantees for this strategic initiative include:
- Teach For America;
- The New Teacher Project;
- D.C. Public Education Fund (teacher contract);
- Recovery School District (New Orleans); and
- National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
A full list of our Improve Existing Schools grantees can be found here: 2012 Walton Family Foundation Grants
Progress made by our grantees can be evaluated based on:
- Quality of traditional district schools in Market Share Demonstration Sites;
- Quality of charter schools nationally and in Market Share Demonstration Sites; and
- Quality of scholarship schools in Market Share Demonstration Sites.