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School Improvement Grant, Cohort 2

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

March 28, 2014

Dear School Improvement Grant Cohort 2 Sub-Grantees,

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GRANT – COHORT 2 YEAR 3 RENEWAL

On March 13, 2014, the State Board of Education (SBE) authorized SBE President Michael W. Kirst, in consultation with State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson, to approve Year 3 sub-grants for Cohort 2 SIG LEAs, with funding contingent on the LEA submitting a complete Renewal Application indicating progress in meeting annual goals established by the LEA for student achievement in reading/language arts and mathematics or making progress on the leading indicators described in Section III of the ED SIG Final Requirements.

Fiscal year 2014–15 will be the third year of SIG funding for Cohort 2 SIG LEAs. The CDE will conditionally award Grant Award Notifications (GAN) to Cohort 2 SIG LEAs on July 1, 2014, with the assurance that the LEA will submit a complete Renewal Application indicating progress in meeting annual goals established by the LEA for student achievement in reading/language arts and mathematics or making progress on the leading indicators described in the ED SIG Final Requirements. LEAs that do not submit a complete 2014–15 Renewal Application will be recommended to the State SBE at its November 2014 meeting for termination from the SIG program.

In lieu of California Standards Test (CST) scores from Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests that will not be administered in 2014, LEAs and schools should use multiple local measures to evaluate how SIG goals are being met. These local measures may include, but are not limited to, the following: district ELA, math and other subject benchmark assessments; curriculum-imbedded assessments; performance measures imbedded in supplemental technology-based instructional programs and applications; local pilot measures for Common Core State Standards being implemented in classrooms; and other valid and reliable assessments of reading acquisition skills, writing skills, and math skills, and meaningful performance assessments of student learning. This may include other state assessments, where available.

The SIG Cohort 2 Year 3 Renewal Application is posted on the CDE’s SIG Cohort 2 Application page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r16/regsig10rfa.asp.

Applicants must submit an original and one electronic Microsoft Word 2003 or later copy (all single spaced in 12 point Arial font using one inch margins) of each application and ensure that the original and electronic copy are received by the School Turnaround Office on or before (not postmarked by) 4 p.m., July 1, 2014. Applicants must submit an electronic copy to STO@cde.ca.gov. Mailed documents should be sent to the following address:

California Department of Education
Improvement and Accountability Division
School Turnaround Office
1430 N Street, Suite 6208
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the School Turnaround Office by phone at 916-319-0833 or by e-mail at STO@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

/s/

Bob Storelli, Interim Director
Improvement and Accountability Division

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