The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation donated $2.4 million to the Montana Digital Academy on Thursday, looking to help students boost their test scores and better prepare for college.
The latest gift comes on the heels of a pilot project carried out at the University of Montana, where 86 percent of participating students improved their remedial math skills to the point they qualified for higher-level university courses.
“The whole focus on academic readiness is a big deal to both Dennis and Phyllis and our foundation,” said Mike Halligan, the foundation’s executive director. “The better prepared we can have our kids for college directly aligns with our mission and goals.”
Funding from the Washington Foundation will make Montana students the first in the nation to test the new EdReady curriculum on a statewide basis. The program will run for three years.
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