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Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Provides $2.4 Million for Montana Statewide Online College-Prep Curriculum

March 6, 2014View for printing

Fully 28 percent of students arrive on Montana college campuses needing remedial courses. In response, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has made a $2.4 million gift to the Montana Digital Academy at the University of Montana to launch a statewide project designed to help students avoid remedial coursework when they attend college.

During the next three years, the Montana Digital Academy will test EdReady, a curriculum from the National Repository of Online Courses that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Washington Foundation gift will allow Montana students to be the first in the nation to use the curriculum statewide. It is intended to help students boost their scores on commonly used placement exams so they can begin their post-secondary education without remedial help.

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