School Improvement

The Office of School Improvement (OSI) is responsible for supporting the systemic improvement of the lowest performing schools and districts in the State of Mississippi, as well as all turnaround efforts in the state. Along with this responsibility, the OSI oversees the implementation of state legislation regarding low performing schools (MS Code § 37-18-1 through 7). Mississippi Code § 37-18-1, 3, 5, and 7, originally enacted by Senate Bill 2488 of the 2000 Regular Session, calls for the evaluation of “Schools At-Risk”.  The OSI provides support and oversight for at-risk, priority, focus, and School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools.

Evidence Based Interventions Training Schools At-Risk (SAR) Priority Schools As you finalize your School Improvement Grant as well as continue in your planning efforts for the 2017-18 school year, the Office of School Improvement would like to share some resources that may be beneficial to your district and school leadership teams.

School Improvement Grant Resources: School Turnaround Resources: From the Center on School Turnaround Resources from Indistar: P-16 Community Engagement Council Focus Schools

FY15/FY16  SIG Application released by ED
The School Improvement Grant (SIG) is a program authorized by section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Funds are awarded by the U. S. Department of Education to the State which, in turn, must use the funds to award competitive grants to local education agencies that demonstrate (a) the greatest need for the funds and (b) the strongest commitment to use funds to improve the quality of instruction and raise the academic achievement of students in the state’s persistently lowest achieving schools.

School Improvement Grants are awarded for 3-5 years and range in funding from $50,000 to $2,000,000 per year, per school. The competition and award are based on the published final requirements for the SIG program in the Federal Register published on February 9, 2015. Mississippi schools identified as Priority or Focus under the ESEA Waiver are eligible to compete for this award. To be eligible, Mississippi must submit its application by May 27, 2016. Once approved, the competitive process for LEAs is anticipated to begin in Fall 2016.

Release of Title I 1003(a) FY16 Allocations and Application Process

A revised 1003(a) application for focus and priority schools has been uploaded in SharePoint along with the Title I 1003(a) Allocations for FY 2016. Please complete the application in its entirety for your schools. The deadline for this application is April 18, 2016.  A copy of the application and allocations may also be located in SharePoint and on the Office of School Improvement’s website at

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Shakinna Patterson at (601) 359-1003 or

School Improvement Grant (SIG) RFP (LEA Application)
School Improvement Grant (SIG) Budget Worksheets

School Improvement Grant (SIG) Reset List of Eligible Schools – March 2017 (Round 2)  

School Improvement Grant - Round 2 FAQs

School Improvement Grant List of Eligible Schools (Round 1)      

Applications Guidance


Powerpoints and Webinars
Quarterly Training Resources
Office of School Improvement     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-1003     Fax: (601) 576-3515
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