http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/applicant.html ELIGIBLE SCHOOLS. Provide a list, by LEA name and NCES ID #, of each school designated as Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III in the state. EVALUATION CRITERIA. Provide the criteria to be used to evaluate the LEA’s application for a SIG grant. CAPACITY. Explain how SEA will evaluate whether an LEA lacks capacity to implement a SIG model in each Tier I school. DESCRIPTIVE INFORMATION. Describe process and/or timeline for: approving LEA applications, reviewing LEA annual goals, monitoring LEA progress, determining annual LEA grant renewal, distributing funds if not enough funds to serve all eligible schools for which LEAs apply, determining whether Tier I or Tier II schools should receive <500K, prioritizing Tier III schools, identifying schools and intervention model subject to SEA takeover, and identifying schools subject to direct SEA assistance (and verify intervention model and LEA approval). ASSURANCES. Provide assurances related to general compliance, awarding funds to LEAs, using FY 2009 and 2010 SIG appropriations toward ARRA SIG goals, holding charter schools accountable for results, monitoring LEA implementation, posting LEA applications and results on web site, reporting certain school data. SEA RESERVATION. Describe admin/eval/tech assistance activities and expenses at state level for which SEA may reserve up to 5 percent of SIG funds. CONSULTATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS. Attest that SEA has consulted with Committee of Practitioners and other stakeholders under ESEA Section 1903(b). HWAIVERS. Describe waivers sought, including to extend period of available funds beyond 2013, allow turnaround or restart to “start over” in ESEA timeline, waive 40 percent poverty rule for Tier I schools, and allow use of SIG for Tier II schools.
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By Francis Rusnock & Rachel Hagedorn School Improvement Grants
<ul><li>Which schools will receive SIG funds? </li></ul>Definition of struggling schools
Turnaround Model Restart Model Close/Consolidate Model Transformation Model Schools receiving SIG funds can select between four different models Replace principal and at least 50% of the staff, adopt new governance, and implement a new or revised instructional program. This model should incorporate interventions that take into account the recruitment, placement and development of staff to ensure they meet student needs; schedules that increase time for both students and staff; and appropriate social-emotional and community-oriented services/supports. Close the school and restart it under the management of a charter school operator, a charter management organization (CMO), or an educational management organization (EMO). A restart school must admit, within the grades it serves, any former student who wishes to attend. Closing the school and enrolling the students who attended the school in other, higher-performing schools in the LEA. <ul><ul><li>Develop teacher and leader effectiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive instructional programs using student achievement data: </li></ul><ul><li>Extend learning time and create community-oriented schools </li></ul><ul><li>Provide operating flexibility and intensive support </li></ul>
<ul><li>To fully support an LEA’s efforts to intervene in low-achieving schools, the following flexibility is allowed: </li></ul><ul><li>SEAs may award SIGs funds to an LEA that has implemented, in whole or in part, one ofthe interventions within the last two years so that the LEA and school can continue or complete the intervention being implemented. </li></ul><ul><li>SEAs can seek a waiver to permit a school that implements a turnaround or restart model to “start over” in the school improvement timeline. In other words, a school in restructuring could exit that status and would not need to continue providing public school choice or supplemental educational services. </li></ul><ul><li>SEAs can seek a waiver to enable a Tier I school that operates a targeted assistance program to instead operate a school-wide program. </li></ul><ul><li>SEAs can seek a waiver to extend the period of availability of SIG funds beyond September 30, 2011 for up to three years. </li></ul><ul><li>If an SEA does not seek any of the above waivers, an LEA may seek these waivers. </li></ul>Flexibility
<ul><li>An SEA must allocate at least 95% of its school improvement funds directly to LEAs. In addition, an LEA’s total sub-grant may not be less than $50,000 or more than $500,000 per year for each participating Title I school in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring and has the flexibility to spend higher or lower amounts in serving individual schools. However, the Education Department’s final requirements state that an LEA’s total grant award must contain funds for each Title I school in improvement, corrective action or restructuring that the LEA commits to serve, including $500,000 per year for each Tier I school that will implement a turnaround, restart or transformation model, unless the LEA demonstrated that less funding is needed. An LEA also has the flexibility to spend more than $500,000 per year in its Tier I and Tier II schools so long as all schools identified in its application are served. </li></ul>Funding Distribution
<ul><li>The SEA’s role with respect to school improvement funds includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Submitting an application to Education Department for SIG grant funds; </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying Tier I, Tier II and Tier III schools in the State; </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing criteria related to the overall quality of the LEAs’ applications and to the LEAs’ capacity to implement fully and effectively the required interventions; </li></ul><ul><li>Allocating sufficient school improvement funds to the LEAs; </li></ul><ul><li>Posting on its website, within 30 days of awarding SIG grants to LEAs, all final LEA applications, type of intervention to be implemented in each Tier I and II schools and funding level; </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring the LEAs’ implementation of interventions in and the progress of their participating schools; </li></ul><ul><li>Providing technical assistance to the LEAs and participating schools; </li></ul><ul><li>Holding each Tier I and Tier II school it has committed to serve annually accountable for meeting, or being on track to meet, the LEAs’ student achievement goals and for making progress on leading indicators; and </li></ul><ul><li>Taking over an LEA or specific Tier I or Tier II schools in order to implement the interventions as required. </li></ul>SEA Requirements
<ul><li>To inform and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions identified by LEAs that receive SIG funds, the Secretary will require that SEAs report specific school-level data related to the use of school improvement funds and the impact of the specific interventions implemented. The following new reporting metrics will be required to augment other important school-level data collected already by ED and through the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund reporting requirements: </li></ul><ul><li>List of LEAs that receive an SIG and amount; </li></ul><ul><li>For each LEA that receives an SIG, a list of the schools that were served and amount of funds each received; </li></ul><ul><li>Interventions (those an LEA is implementing); </li></ul><ul><li>Leading Indicators (instructional minutes within school year and teacher attendance rate); and </li></ul><ul><li>Student Achievement Outcomes (average scale scores on State assessments, in the aggregate and disaggregated by subgroup, and number of students completing advanced coursework). </li></ul><ul><li>An SEA must report these metrics for the school year prior to implementing the intervention, if data are available, to serve as a baseline, and for each year thereafter during which federal SIG funds are used. To assist in this effort, each SEA is allowed to reserve an additional percentage of Title I, Part A funds to help defray the costs associated with ARRA data collection and reporting requirements. Lastly, an LEA that receives an SIG must participate in any evaluation of that grant conduced by the Secretary. </li></ul>Reporting and Evaluation
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