School Improvement Grants (SIG) Information Center 1003 (g)

Priority Schools-School Improvement Grants Information Center 1003(g)

The School Improvement Grants (SIG) program is authorized by section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). SIG funds provide an unprecedented opportunity for educators to implement innovative strategies to improve education for academically at-risk students and to close the achievement gap in Title I schools. With the unprecedented funding for school improvement initiatives, comes additional responsibility for schools to demonstrate transparency and accountability to the general public while investing wisely in research based strategies that will strengthen education, drive reforms, and improve results for students.

States are to provide subgrants to local educational agencies for the purpose of improving the quality of instruction and raise the academic achievement of students in the state’s persistently lowest achieving schools. An SEA must ―give priority to the local educational agencies with the lowest-achieving schools that demonstrate:

(A) the greatest need for such funds; and

(B) the strongest commitment to ensuring that funds are used to substantially raise student achievement and meet the goals under school improvement, corrective action, and restructuring.

Under the final requirements published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2010, School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds are to be focused on Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III schools that commit to implement one of the four intervention models – turnaround, transformation, restart, closure. Funding for the full three years is contingent upon the schools meeting established performance indicators or on a trajectory to do so, as they implement rigorous interventions.

Priority Schools - School Improvement Grants (SIG) 1003(a)

Priority Schools are identified as the lowest- performing five percent of schools in the State. The non-SIG Priority schools receive technical assistance and continuous monitoring services, based on SIG turnaround principles. State and local funds, along with up to 20% of the districts’ Title I, Part A budget and portions of the 1003a set-aside, are leveraged to implement the turnaround principles in the non-SIG funded schools.

All Priority Schools are required to notify the parents of all students enrolled in the school of the Priority designation within 30 days of receiving notification. Each district will establish a community-based pre-kindergarten through higher education council (MS Code 37-18-5(4)) that is representative of a diverse segment of the school’s stakeholders. The council will serve in an advisory capacity in the design, implementation, and monitoring of the school’s transformation plan. Council members, parents, and community members will have access to MS SOARS and the Children’s First annual report of academic progress, school demographics, and other key information.

Priority Schools: Requirements

Leading and Lagging Indicators

Criteria for Exiting Priority School Status

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