Richland School District Two

Two female students smile while one plays with a yellow substance
Westwood High School students use glue, food coloring, water, and borax to create a substance called gloop

Richland School District Two, in South Carolina’s capital city of Columbia, is the third fastest growing school district in the state. Richland Two constantly strives to design the best learning and professional development opportunities for 27,000 plus students and 3,400 employees. The district has 678 National Board Certified teachers, the most in South Carolina, and ranks in the top 20 in the nation. Families relocate to Richland Two because of its high academic standards, selection of magnet programs, and strong community partnerships.

Three new magnet schools have been created with Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant funding...

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What Happens When Schools Become Magnet Schools? A Longitudinal Study of Diversity and Achievement

We are pleased to announce that American Institutes for Research has released the magnet report. This report presents results of a descriptive study of 21 MSAP-supported elementary schools. The study collected data on these schools for several years to see how their student enrollment and academic achievement changed over time. A PDF of the report is available now: Learn more


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Magnet Schools Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center

Welcome! The Magnet Schools Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (MSAP Center) supports the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement as it provides students with equity and choice in public school education through the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP).

The MSAP Center is a technical assistance resource for MSAP grantees and the greater magnet school community. It offers tools, information, and strategies to assist in planning, implementing, and revising magnet school programs. The MSAP Center’s resources and tailored support services focus on diversity, academic excellence, and equity.

Please browse our resources page to find articles, tool kits, and newsletters about best practices and innovative approaches.

The Quarterly Newsletter

Magnet Compass Newsletter Read this issue of The Magnet Compass to help merge your magnet and turnaround plans using principles and strategies for planning and implementing school turnaround in the magnet structure.
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Upcoming Conference

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National Conference on Student Assessment

Organization: Council of Chief State School Officers
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: June 22-24, 2015

To realize the potential of standards, states require assessments that match the depth, breadth, and rigor of the standards; accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness; and provide valid data to inform teaching and learning. The goal of the 2015 conference is to provide a forum for states to share the best practices, strategies, lessons learned, and available resources relative to their implementation of high-quality assessments for all students. Learn more

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Upcoming Webinar

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Culturally Responsive Classrooms

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: June 18, 2015

This webinar will focus on the concept of culturally responsive classrooms. In addition to exploring the impact of a diverse student population on school achievement, we will suggest ways in which teachers can engage their students in meaningful learning experiences. Dr. Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke and Dr. Penelope Lattimer will discuss research findings focused on cultural responsiveness, equitable education, and teacher effectiveness. Learn more
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