School Improvement Grants
The federal Title I School Improvement Grant (SIG) provides funding and support to the state's identified Persistently Lowest Achieving schools in order to rapidly and dramatically increase student achievement. Minnesota SIG schools are implementing comprehensive intervention models designed to build capacity for sustainable improvement. Required intervention model elements include:
In Minnesota, SIG schools have demonstrated a promising commitment to the school turnaround process. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and school districts have a heightened sense of urgency to support capacity building and improve educational opportunities for the students enrolled in SIG schools. Schools are going deeper in implementing the intervention model components to the greatest extent possible.
Title I School Improvement Grants 1003(g)
School Improvement Grants (SIG) are used to improve student achievement in Title I LEAs. As states compete for the funds, school districts (LEAs) must identify the schools they want to transform, and then determine which of the four intervention models is most appropriate.
Waiver Notice: School Improvement Grants, Section 1003(g) of ESEA
Minnesota assures that it has provided all LEAs in the state with notice and a reasonable opportunity to comment on this request. Minnesota will submit copies of any comments received from LEAs after the comment period closes on December 6, 2013, to the United States Department of Education (US-DOE).
The Minnesota Department of Education is requesting a waiver that would allow the state of Minnesota to delay the award of 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) federal fiscal year 2013 funds. The department requests that it be allowed to roll over the fiscal year 2013 funds so that they can be combined with its fiscal year 2014 funds in its 2014 SIG competition. This would allow Minnesota to utilize its most recent data to identify eligible schools, to align its program to the vision of funds being granted to schools with the most need, and to best support schools in appropriate planning before program implementation.
Please refer comments or questions to Andrea Danielson, Program Specialist, Division of School Support, by December 6, 2013.