Conducting an effective evaluation starts with careful thinking on Day 1 – as you design and implement your magnet program. This web site, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, offers practical advice and resources informed by research and the experiences of magnet directors and their partner evaluators. The toolkit supports district administrators to strengthen six essential components of the evaluation process:

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What is the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP)?

Federal MSAP grants help districts develop magnet schools that use innovative theme-based curriculum to promote equity, diversity, and academic excellence for all students.

Learn more about MSAP on Ed.gov

Doing an MSAP rigorous evaluation?

Watch this video to learn more about what’s involved in an MSAP rigorous evaluation and how to decide whether it may work for your district.

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How to get started

Use this checklist to determine where you are in this process of evaluating your magnet program and how to best use the resources provided in this toolkit.

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