Teachers College, Columbia University

Washington State's Student Achievement Initiative

February 2010–April 2013

In collaboration with the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy (IHELP), CCRC led a three-year evaluation of the Washington Student Achievement Initiative (SAI), an innovative policy that uses intermediate performance measures and incentive funding to encourage Washington State’s community and technical colleges to adopt practices that increase rates of student progression and completion. The study was designed to assess how and to what extent the SAI model encourages colleges to work to improve student outcomes. CCRC and IHELP wrote policy briefs examining lessons from the Washington State experience for policymakers seeking to implement performance funding in other states.

This project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Project Lead

Davis Jenkins