Examining whether students in schools receiving School Redesign Grants (SRG) experienced better academic outcomes and attendance than non-SRG students, this evaluation done for the Massachusetts Office of District and School Turnaround Assistance found consistently positive and generally robust effects on student academic achievement, particularly on standardized state assessments. Results also suggest, however, that SRG receipt does not affect student attendance.
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The Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative provided an unprecedented amount of federal competitive grant funding to push educational systems toward innovation using coherent and comprehensive reforms. AIR's evaluation of the grant in Hawaii found that, although student achievement in Hawaii has continued to improve during the course of RTTT, those gains did not appear to be the result of the grant, but rather the continuation of a trend of improvement that started earlier.