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School Improvement Grant Reviews

The School Improvement Grant (SIG) provides funding to help local educational agencies (LEAs) address the needs of schools identified for improvement.

General Information

The SIG, authorized under Section 1003(g) of Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, provides funding, through state educational agencies, to LEAs and independent charter schools that receive 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 in order to substantially raise the achievement of students.

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 and used by LEAs in accordance with the statutory requirements and SIG final requirements. This requires the CDE to ensure that SIG funds awarded to an LEA are used to implement one of the seven school intervention models in each Tier I and Tier II school the LEA commits to serve. Fulfilling this responsibility includes designing an LEA application, carrying out the application review process, and monitoring implementation.

CDE staff will conduct a minimum of one online monitoring review over the five-year grant period to SIG-funded LEAs and schools in order to verify implementation. LEAs will be required to upload evidence during the online monitoring review process to show compliance with grant requirements in the CDE Monitoring Tool (CMT). Documents that have been uploaded in the CMT will be reviewed by CDE staff to verify implementation of the selected intervention model and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.


Cohort 4 Selection Criteria

Due to the complexity of the program and amount of SIG funds allocated, all Cohort 4 SIG sub-grantees have been selected for an online monitoring review for the 2018–19 school year.

The following criteria may be used to determine future on-site reviews.

  • Grant size
  • Complexity of the program
  • Experience of the grantee
  • History of the grantee

Local Educational Agencies and Schools Selected for Reviews

School Improvement Grant Cohort 4 Local Educational Agency and School Site 2018–19 Online Monitoring Participants
The list of LEAs and school sites selected for the online review.

Program Instrument

Cohort 4 2018–19 School Improvement Grant Program Instrument (DOCX)
The Fiscal and Program Requirements instrument is intended to validate that SIG funds awarded to Cohort 4 LEAs are used in a manner consistent with the fiscal, administrative, and select program requirements as contained in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance: 2 Code of Federal Regulations Part 200) and the Final Requirements–School Improvement Grants–Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

CDE Monitoring Tool (CMT)

The CDE Monitoring Tool (CMT) is a Web-based tool developed by the CDE that is used during 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 CDE’s use of the CMT, please visit the CMT Web page for training related materials.


Announcement of Reviews

Updated Notification of Local Educational Agencies Selected for the 2018–19 School Improvement Grant Monitoring Review (Posted 27-Aug-2018)
Letter to select County and District Superintendents regarding an update to the 2018–19 online monitoring process.

2018–19 Notification of School Improvement Grant Local Educational Agencies Selected for School Improvement Grant Monitoring Review
Letter to select County and District Superintendents regarding the SIG LEA selection for an online monitoring review in the 2018–19 school year.


More about the School Improvement Grant

Questions:   School Improvement and Support Office | | 916-319-0833
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 27, 2018