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Definition of Tier I, II, and III Schools

Guidance from U.S. Department of Education around the Cohort 4 School Improvement Grant (SIG) requires states to identify schools in three tiers.
Tier I

Tier I schools are elementary, middle, or high schools that are:

  • Identified as being in Program Improvement (PI) in the 2015–16 school year; and

  • Received a Title I, Part A apportionment in the 2014–15 Consolidated Application; and

  • Located in a local educational agency (LEA) that has an approved LEA Plan and received Title I funds in 2014–15; and

  • Identified as the lowest achieving five percent of all Tier I schools, or identified under the high school graduation rate criteria.

Tier II

Tier II schools are middle or high schools that are:

  • Eligible to receive Title I funds in 2014–15 school year based on their demographic characteristics (i.e., the school is above the district’s average in poverty or is above 35 percent poverty); and

  • Did not receive a Title I, Part A apportionment in the 2014–15 Consolidated Application; and

  • Located in an LEA that has an approved LEA Plan and received Title I funds in 2014–15 or is a direct-funded charter school; and

  • Identified as the lowest achieving five percent of all Tier II schools, or identified under the high school graduation rate criteria.

Tier III

Tier III includes elementary, middle, and high schools that were in PI in the 2015–16 school year. The criteria for PI schools to be included on the Tier III list are:

  • In PI in the 2015–16 school year; and

  • Received a Title I, Part A apportionment in the 2014–15 Consolidated Application; and

  • Located in an LEA that has an approved LEA Plan and received Title I funds in 2014–15 or is a direct-funded charter school; and

  • Not identified for School Improvement Grant (SIG) in Tier I.
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Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 26, 2020