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ESEA School Improvement Grants (SIG)



Planning Tools The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is participating in the US Department of Education’s next round of School Improvement Grant (SIG) opportunities, funding a fourth cohort of SIG Schools. The current round of funding will allocate $5.1 million over three to five years.

This school improvement fund is authorized under Section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The U.S. Department of Education issues formula grants to each of the State Educational Agencies that wish to participate. These School Improvement Grants (SIG) are then awarded to local school districts as competitive grants. The minimum allowable grant for this program is $50,000 per year for three years and the maximum was originally $500,000 per year for three years.

Previous requirements in identifying eligible schools as measured by statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics and other factors (such as graduation rate and attendance) have been changed. For SIG Cohort 3 and 4, Oregon’s already identified Priority and Focus Schools meet the federal eligibility requirements. As with previous SIG cohorts, districts that receive a grant must agree to implement one of six intervention models for each of the schools receiving funding. The interventions include:
  • Closure Model - the district closes the school and enrolls the students in a higher achieving school within reasonable proximity to the closed school.
  • Restart Model - the district closes the school and then turns the school over to a charter management organization (the school becomes a charter school)
  • Turnaround Model - the district replaces the principal, screens existing school staff and re-hires no more than half the teachers, and implements systems that focus on improving teachers, leaders, instructional and support strategies, time and governance
  • Transformation Model - the district replaces the principal and implements systems that focus on improving teachers, leaders, instructional and support strategies, time and governance.
  • Evidence-Based, Whole-School Reform Strategy Model - the district implements an evidence-based, whole-school reform strategy developed in partnership with a strategy developer. The strategy developer must meet the definition of a strategy developer in t
  • Early Learning Model - the district implements a high-quality preschool program at an eligible school that incorporates the transformation model strategies for all levels and personnel.




Cohort 4 (2015-2020) Grants and Applications




Cohort 3 (2014-2017) Grants and Applications


Oregon applied for this grant again in 2014 and received $5.5 million to distribute to some of the state’s persistently lowest achieving schools over a three year period from 2014-2017. See below for the list of schools that were eligible to apply (Priority and Focus schools). The names and applications of the awarded schools are posted below.

Cohort 2 (2011-2014) Grants and Applications


Oregon applied for this grant again in 2011 and received $5.81 million and was instructed to use this entire amount for the first year of this three year grant. The second and third year funding will be given to Oregon during the second and third year of the grant respectively (2012 and 2013). See below for the list of schools that were eligible to apply (Tier I, II and III schools). The names and applications of the winning schools are posted below.


Cohort 1 (2010-2013) Grants and Applications


Oregon applied for this grant in 2010 and received $32.7 million to award to some of the state’s persistently lowest achieving schools (over a three year period from 2010-2013). See below for the list of schools that were eligible to apply (Tier I, II and III schools) and the names and applications of the schools that received grants (none of the Tier III schools applied, but all of the Tier I and II schools that did apply received funding).


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Contacts
  • Erica Anderson Email    (503) 947-5880
    School Improvement - Education Program Specialist

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