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ESEA School Improvement Grants (SIG)

Planning Tools The US Department of Education has announced a third round of School Improvement Grant (SIG) opportunities and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has applied to participate, tentatively funding a third cohort of SIG Schools. Upon approval, applications for eligible schools will be made available January 1, 2014 and submitted by February 15, 2014. The current round of funding will allocate $5.5 million over three 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 III, Oregon’s already identified Priority Schools meet the federal eligibility requirements. As with previous SIG cohorts, districts that receive a grant must agree to implement one of four intervention models for each of the schools in the receiving funding. The four interventions include:
  • Closure – the district closes the school and enrolls the students in a higher achieving school within reasonable proximity to the closed school
  • Restart – the district turns the school over to a charter management organization (the school becomes a charter school)
  • Turnaround – the district replaces the principal, screens existing school staff and re-hires no more than half the teachers
  • Transformation – the district replaces the principal and implements a teacher evaluation model that evaluates teachers based at least in part on student achievement

SIG Defining and Identifying Tiers I, II, and III Schools RTF   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

  • Keynote: Sustaining School Improvements
    Dr. Carlas McCauley, U.S. Education Department
  • Engaging Community Partners
    Roosevelt HS
    Portland SD

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).

Other Resources

  • Jesse Parsons Email    (503) 947-5602
    School Improvement - Education Specialist

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