Resource Information — School Improvement Fund
The Department of Education (ED) released the combined FY 2015 and 2016 SIG application in conjunction with a blog post asking for input on how ED can support school districts or consortia of districts, to use SIG funds to implement socioeconomic diversity strategies. ED collected feedback from March 29 through April 26 and over 20 individuals and organizations submitted comments. This is a summary of the public input.
The U.S. Department of Education recently launched the STLC to support School Improvement Grant (SIG) recipients and others undertaking rigorous interventions in their lowest performing schools. The goal of the STLC is to provide states and districts with easy online access to resources and to facilitate networking that will enable them to support schools more effectively. Both research-based practices and practical examples from states, districts, and schools developing and implementing on-the-ground solutions are available.
The Center on Innovation & Improvement has hosted a webinar series prepared for use by the regional comprehensive centers and state education agencies to inform local education agencies
The purpose of the Handbookon Effective Implementation of School Improvement Grant (revised January 2011) is to bolster the effective implementation of the intervention models and strategies outlined in the 2010 School Improvement Grant (SIG) program—section 1003(g) of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—in order to achieve the program’s clear goal—the rapid improvement of persistently low-achieving schools. This handbook offers succinct and practical explanations of the SIG’s required and recommended models and strategies, references to the underlying research, and connections to useful resources. It can be downloaded for free at: http://www.centerii.org/handbook/.
Monitoring states’ implementation of programs provides an opportunity to examine how states have instituted policies, systems, and procedures to ensure the local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools are compliant with the statute and regulations.