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Public Charter Startup Grants

The Walton Family Foundation provides grants in three areas of focus and continually evaluates the performance and progress of each grant program.
Student Achievement Goals
The Walton Family Foundation offers financial support for the startup of public charter schools that demonstrate potential for improving student achievement in reading/language arts and math as measured by valid and reliable standardized tests. Schools must develop specific metrics and set annual targets for academic student performance, systems for measuring progress against those targets, and strategies for refining instruction to achieve those outcomes.

The foundation recommends that schools supplement standardized math and reading/language arts tests with other measures of performance, such as: passage rates on standardized tests in science, social studies, and other subject areas; yearly attendance and retention rates; high school exit exam passage rates and graduation rates; college admittance and completion rates; parental satisfaction survey results; and, school waiting list numbers.
Information About Student Achievement Goals