Press Release - January 14, 2016

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant To SVCF Will Support Analysis Of Students’ Progress With Common Core

$550,000 award for training, data evaluation

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Silicon Valley Community Foundation has received a grant of $550,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve Silicon Valley school districts’ ability to analyze student progress under the Common Core curriculum, SVCF announced today.  

The Kellogg Foundation grant will be used to support the Center for Learning Analytics (CLA), a collaborative project that is part of the Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative. CLA helps school districts use new assessment data to influence instruction for students in grades K-12, with a special focus on grades K-3. Funds will help districts with data collection and analysis, and will provide professional development training for teachers, administrators and IT staff on the technology associated with collecting data and gauging progress on a student-by-student basis.

CLA is led and funded by SVCF, the San Mateo County Office of Education, Full Circle Fund, iZone Silicon Valley and eight school district partners.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Kellogg Foundation for our work on Common Core,” said Emmett Carson, Ph.D., CEO and president of SVCF. “Implementing Common Core standards and evaluation has been a multi-year effort for Silicon Valley school districts. Now it’s time to ensure that districts know how to analyze the data on each student’s progress. The Kellogg Foundation grant for CLA will ensure educators have the tools they need in that regard.”

“We’re proud to support the work that Silicon Valley Community Foundation is doing,” said Felicia DeHaney, director of Education and Learning at the Kellogg Foundation. “In order to deliver the high-quality early learning that will help children thrive, it’s important that educators receive the development and training they need. CLA will give teachers the tools they need to help their students succeed.”

Silicon Valley Community Foundation launched the Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative (SVCCI) in 2013, a three-year effort to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards among the 54 school districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. SVCF supported this work through grants to five collaborative groups of school districts, representing 150,000 students in 27 districts.

The Kellogg Foundation grant will support work in eight San Mateo County school districts in 2016 and 2017:

Bayshore Elementary School District
Brisbane School District
Jefferson Elementary School District
Jefferson Union High School District
Pacifica School District
Cabrillo Unified School District
La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District
South San Francisco Unified School District


About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, we engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at

About W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit