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School Improvement Grant On-site Reviews

The School Improvement Grant (SIG) provides funding to help LEAs address the needs of schools in improvement, corrective action, and restructuring to improve student achievement.

General Information

The School Improvement Grant (SIG), authorized under Section 1003(g) of Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), provides funding, through state educational agencies (SEAs), to local educational agencies (LEAs) and independent charter schools that received Title I funds and have at least one school identified in Tier I, II, or III. These funds are for schools identified as “persistently lowest-achieving” that demonstrate the greatest need and the strongest commitment to use the funds. These sub-grants are intended to provide adequate resources to implement one of four specific models in order to raise substantially the achievement of students and enable the schools to make adequate yearly progress and exit improvement status.

As with any federal education program administered through a state, the California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education are responsible for ensuring that SIG funds are awarded to LEAs and are used by LEAs in accordance with the statutory requirements and the SIG final requirements. This requires the CDE to ensure that SIG funds awarded to an LEA are used to implement one of the four school intervention models in each Tier I and Tier II school the LEA commits to serve and to carry out school improvement activities in the Tier III schools the LEA commits to serve. Fulfilling this responsibility includes designing an LEA application, carrying out the application review process, and monitoring implementation.

The CDE is also required to ensure that LEAs use SIG funds to supplement, not supplant, existing services and that funds are not used to supplant federal, state, local, or nonfederal funds. An LEA that commits to serve one or more Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III schools that do not receive Title I, Part A funds must ensure that each of those schools receives all of the state and local funds it would have received in the absence of the SIG funds.

CDE staff will conduct a minimum of one site visit, over the three year grant period, to SIG-funded LEAs and schools in order to verify implementation. LEAs will be required to upload evidence of compliance with grant requirements in the CDE Monitoring Tool (CMT). Documents that have been uploaded in the CMT will be reviewed by CDE staff prior to the on-site visit. The monitoring visit will include interviews with LEA staff, school staff, and parents. In addition, LEA and school plans and financial documents will be reviewed by CDE staff to ensure proper management of SIG funds.

Reviews

Selection Criteria

School Improvement Grants selected for on-site review are based on the following criteria:

  • Concerns regarding fiscal and programmatic implementation of the school intervention model

LEAs Selected for Reviews

2016–17 SIG LEAs Selected for On-site Review
This is the list of LEAs and site(s) selected for SIG on-site review.

2015–16 SIG LEAs Selected for On-site Review
This is the list of LEAs and site(s) selected for SIG on-site review.

2014–15 SIG LEAs Selected for On-site Review
This is the list of LEAs and site(s) selected for SIG on-site review.

Program Instrument

2016–17 School Improvement Grant Program Instrument (Coming Soon)
The program instrument is intended to validate that SIG funds are awarded to LEAs and are used by LEAs in accordance with the statutory requirements and the SIG final requirements.

2015–16 School Improvement Grant Program Instrument (PDF)
The program instrument is intended to validate that SIG funds are awarded to LEAs and are used by LEAs in accordance with the statutory requirements and the SIG final requirements.

2014–15 School Improvement Grant Program Instrument (PDF)
The program instrument is intended to validate that SIG funds are awarded to LEAs and are used by LEAs in accordance with the statutory requirements and the SIG final requirements.

CDE Monitoring Tool (CMT)

The CDE Monitoring Tool (CMT) is a Web-based tool, developed by the California Department of Education (CDE) that allows the monitoring of LEAs to ensure that they meet fiscal and program requirements of federal categorical programs and State funding they receive.

For additional information regarding the California Department of Education’s use of CMT, please visit the CMT Web page.

Correspondence

Announcement of Reviews

2016–17 Notification of School Improvement Grant LEAs Selected for On-site Monitoring Review
July 11, 2016: Letter to Select County and District Superintendents regarding the School Improvement Grant LEA selection for an on-site monitoring review in the 2016–17 school year.

2015–16 Notification of School Improvement Grant LEAs Selected for On-site Monitoring Review
June 23, 2015: Letter to Select County and District Superintendents regarding the School Improvement Grant LEA selection for an on-site monitoring review in the 2015–16 school year.

2014–15 Notification of School Improvement Grant LEAs Selected for On-site Monitoring Review
August 27, 2014: Letter to Select County and District Superintendents regarding the School Improvement Grant LEA selection for an on-site monitoring review in the 2012–13 school year.

More about School Improvement Grant

Questions:   School Turnaround Office | STO@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0833
Last Reviewed: Friday, July 15, 2016
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