Toppenish Middle School Awarded Grant to Help Low-Income Students Become College-Ready

Toppenish – Toppenish Middle School has been awarded a $150,000 College Spark Washington Community Grant today to improve their mathematics program and help increase the 8th grade Algebra passage rate. This grant will also better prepare students for access to higher level math courses in high school.

The annual, competitive statewide Community Grants Program focuses on building the effectiveness of grantees working with low-income students in middle, high school and college by funding new and promising practices that help students be college-ready and transition successfully to college.

“Algebra for All will provide our students at Toppenish Middle School with the skills needed in order to be successful and enter high school with solid mathematical practices that promote a deeper understanding and access to higher level math courses,” said Dawn Weddle and Stephanie Wood, TMS Building Administrators. “The rich professional development and collaborative opportunities will allow our teachers to provide robust learning experiences and will help us create career- and college-ready math students.”

This year’s 12 grantees will measure results using at least one of the four following indicators of future college success:

  • 8th Grade Algebra: Increasing the number of students who take and pass Algebra by the eighth grade.
  • Early Warning Indicators: Decreasing the number of middle school students who trigger two of three early warning indicators: five or more absences per semester; course failure; suspension or expulsion.
  • Remedial Education: Decreasing the number of students who require remedial education in college.
  • College Math and English: Increasing the number of students who earn their first college-level credit in English or math.

“We are supporting organizations across the state working hard and making progress on postsecondary access, persistence and completion rates for low-income students,” said Christine McCabe, Executive Director at College Spark Washington. “These grantees will be tracking their results and sharing what works.”

Since 2005 College Spark Washington’s Community Grants Program has awarded more than 100 Community Grants totaling $14 million.