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School Improvement Grant


The School Improvement Grant (SIG) provides funding to help local educational agencies (LEAs) address the needs of schools in improvement, corrective action, and restructuring to improve student achievement. SIG funds are to be used to leverage change and improve technical assistance through LEAs targeting activities towards measurable outcomes. Expected results from the use of these funds include improving student proficiency, increasing the numbers of schools that make adequate yearly progress, using data to inform decisions, and creating a system of continuous feedback and improvement.

Program Description

Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools

School Improvement Grant Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SIGMART)
Use the SIGMART to view and modify budgets and report quarterly expenditures.

Technical Assistance and Guidance

Regional Information

Select a region number from the table below to see detailed SIG information by region. Information provided includes a district contact, funding amounts, model selection, and SIG documents such as original applications and currently approved budget documents.

Map of California showing 11 regions of various counties. The names of the counties for each region are on the following table.

Region Counties
1 Del Norte Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma
2 Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
3 Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
4 Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano
5 Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz
6 Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne
7 Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare
8 San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern
9 Imperial, Orange, San Diego
10 San Bernardino, Inyo, Riverside, Mono
11 Los Angeles

SIG Cohort 3

Cohort 3, Year 3, Renewal Application The application is due no later than May 20, 2016. (Posted 06-April-2016)

Cohort 3, Year 2, Renewal Application The application is due no later than May 15, 2015.

The Cohort 3 RFA was closed as of March 14, 2014. The list of funded applications is available and award notifications will be mailed by July 1, 2014.

SIG Cohort 3 Programmatic Webinar (PDF)

SIG Cohort 3 Fiscal Webinar (PDF)

SIG Cohort 3 RFA Overview Webinar (PDF)

SIG Cohort 3 RFA Application Webinar (PDF)

SIG Cohort 2

This RFA was closed as of November 18, 2011.The Cohort 2 RFA was re-released on September 30, 2011. The list of funded applications is available and award notifications were mailed on February 1, 2012.

2010 School Improvement Grant Webinar (PDF)

Alternative Text Version of 2010 School Improvement Grant Webinar (DOC)

Cohort 2 Letter of Program Improvement Start-Over (Posted 09-Nov-2012)

Cohort 2, Year 2, Renewal Application was approved at the March 2013 SBE meeting and posted March 15, 2013. The application is due no later than September 3, 2013.

Cohort 2, Year 3, Renewal Notification Letter (Dated 28-Mar-2014)

Cohort 2, Year 3, Renewal Application was approved at the March 2014 SBE meeting and posted April 10, 2014. The application is due no later than July 1, 2014.

SIG Cohort 1

This RFA was closed as of July 2, 2010. The Cohort 1 RFA (Revised 17-Jun-2010) was initially posted June 24, 2010 and was due July 2, 2010. An initial list of SIG applications (XLS) received was posted on July 8, 2010. The list of funded applications is available and award notifications were mailed on September 30, 2010.

School Improvement Grant Update Letter

2009 School Improvement Grant Webinar (WMV; 01:31:08; Dated 15-Apr-2010)

Alternative Text Version of 2009 School Improvement Grant Webinar (DOC)

Cohort 1 Letter of Program Improvement Start-Over

SIG Reporting and Monitoring

SIGMART Logon
SIGMART Instructions

Significant Dates

SIG Calendar (XLS)
This document includes significant dates such as quarterly report deadlines, application due dates, and other important events.

Date
Fiscal Year
Cohort
Year
Event Notes
April 29, 2016
2015–16
2
4
Q3 Expenditure Report Due Reporting Period
January 1, 2016–March 30, 2016
Contact Assigned Consultant for Questions
April 29, 2016
2015–16
3
2
Q3 Expenditure Report Due Reporting Period
January 1, 2016–March 30, 2016
Contact Assigned Consultant for Questions
July 8, 2016
2015–16
2
4

Q4 Expenditure Report Due

 

Reporting Period
April 1, 2016–June 30, 2016
Contact Assigned Consultant for Questions
July 29, 2016
2015–16
3
2
Q4 Expenditure Report Due Reporting Period
April 1, 2016–June 30, 2016
Contact Assigned Consultant for Q5 Questions

On-site Reviews

SIG On-site Reviews
Provides general information about the required reviews including review schedules, training, and the program instrument.

Budget and Program Revision Requests

Budget and Program Revision Requests (Updated 20-Feb-14)

Contact the assigned consultant to discuss the nature of the request and give the consultant notice that you plan to submit a revision request. This allows time to discuss the proposed changes and provides an opportunity for the consultant to provide feedback about unallowable activities or programmatic changes that may not align with your approved implementation plan.

Please use the following criteria from the SIG Non-Regulatory Guidance External link opens in new window or tab. when trying to decide if an activity/expenditure is allowable: SIG Non-Regulatory Guidance

  • Is the proposed purchase directly related to, as well as reasonable and necessary for, the full and effective implementation of the selected model, including whether it is directly related to and reasonable and necessary for, implementing activities required or permitted under the model;
  • Whether, through the needs assessment, the LEA identified a specific need or needs that can be addressed through the proposed activity;
  • Whether the proposed activity represents a meaningful change that could help improve student academic achievement from prior years;
  • Whether the specific proposed activity is supported by research indicating that, in fact, it will help improve academic achievement; and
  • Whether the proposed activity represents a significant reform that goes beyond the basic educational program of the school

Budget Revision Requests

LEAs must submit a budget revision request and receive approval from the CDE prior to increasing or decreasing object code series totals or moving funds from an approved object code series to other object code series. The previous policy allowed LEAs to shift funds locally and without approval for amounts equal to or less than ten percent of the object code series total. However, the SIGMART must contain accurate figures so local, unapproved changes are currently not permitted. Future updates to SIGMART will include allowing an LEA to move funds between object code series without approval if the amount is ten percent or less of the object code series total.

LEAs retain the flexibility to move funds but requests will only be approved if the new use for the money is directly related to implementation of one of the model components of the selected school intervention model and the revision does not compromise the LEA's ability to implement any required element of the selected model(s). Revision requests will only be considered if the change targets the same need(s), or the LEA can demonstrate that the need(s) targeted by the funds is already being met.

Submitting a budget revision is a two part process.

  • Prepare a document explaining the details of the revision request. Make sure that the criteria listed above are fully addressed. Revise the hard copy Budget Narrative Form and send it via e-mail to the School Turnaround Office at STO@cde.ca.gov. Use the last approved budget narrative, striking through, rather than deleting, the old figures and activities and inserting the new figures and activities. All changes to the narrative must be highlighted. We no longer require LEA or School Budget Summary Forms.
  • Once your budget revision request has been reviewed and assuming there are no issues which require further information or clarification, the analyst will revise the appropriate budgets in SIGMART and the assigned consultant will make a final determination online.

Programmatic Revision Requests

Prepare a document explaining the details of the revision request and revise the appropriate SIG Implementation Chart to reflect which activities will be added or removed. Submit the details of the revision request and the revised SIG Implementation Chart to the assigned consultant.  If the programmatic revision also results in a budget revision, please follow the budget revision process shown above.

Contact Us
A list of consultants and assigned LEAs.

Questions:   School Turnaround Office | STO@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0833
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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