Oregon Department of Education
ESEA - Grant/Program Info
Improving Basic Programs - Title I-A
Title I A - School Improvement
ESEA School Improvement Grants (SIG)
Friday, 26 June 2015
Three Oregon Schools to Receive $5 Million in Federal Turnaround Dollars
ESEA School Improvement Grants (SIG)
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 five years. The grant recipients are Prescott Elementary, Parkrose School District; Margaret Scott Elementary, Reynolds School District; and Richmond Elementary, Salem-Keizer School District.
This year, the U.S. Department of Education made some changes to the grant program to greater emphasize collaboration between schools and districts as well as place a more intentional focus on family and community involvement in the turnaround process. The timeline of the grants has shifted from a three-year grant cycle to a five-year cycle to allow for more planning and a greater focus on long-term sustainability.
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:
- the district closes the school and enrolls the students in a higher achieving school within reasonable proximity to the closed school.
- the district closes the school and then turns the school over to a charter management organization (the school becomes a charter school)
- 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
- 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
ESEA Cohort 4 SIG Applications and Awards
SIG Application - LEA FY 2014
04/27/2015 (140.95 KB)
SIG Application Review Rubric FY 2014
05/01/2015 (90.60 KB)
SIG Application SEA FY 2014
04/27/2015 (393.50 KB)
List of Eligible Schools to Apply in Oregon
01/13/2015 (228.18 KB)
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.
SIG Application LEA FY 2013
06/05/2014 (431.58 KB)
ESEA Cohort 3 SIG Applications and Awards
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.
List of Schools by Tier in Oregon 2011
12/02/2011 (135.13 KB)
List of schools by Tier for 2011-2014 grant period.
SIG Application LEA FY 2011
This is the LEA application for the School Improvement Grant.
SIG Application SEA FY 2011
04/28/2011 (768.43 KB)
Final version of application approved by USED.
ESEA Cohort 2 SIG Applications and Awards
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).
List of Schools by Tier in Oregon – 2010
12/02/2011 (181.24 KB)
List of schools by Tier for 2010-2013 grant period.
Final School Improvement Grant LEA application
04/12/2010 (578.50 KB)
This is the FINAL LEA application for the School Improvement Grant that was submitted to the USED. The application is DUE May 7, 2010.
Final SEA Grant Application
01/29/2010 (251.50 KB)
Application is due to the USED on February 8, 2010. Oregon's final response to the questions will be posted when it is approved.
ESEA Cohort 1 SIG Applications and Awards
SIG Defining and Identifying Tiers I, II, and III Schools
04/28/2010 (63.80 KB)
Oregon has one definition and method of identifying Tier I, II, and III schools for School Improvement Grants.
Transformation Conference - Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel - September 27, 2012
This material is now located on a new archive page -
Handbook on Effective Implementation of School Improvement Grants
This handbook was developed by the Center on Innovation and Improvement. It is not an official Department of Education (USED) document. It is an aid to the successful implementation of the School Improvement Grant.
USED School Improvement Website
The official USED website for the School Improvement Grant
District and School Effectiveness - Education Program Specialist