School Improvement Grants (SIG)
Federal Title 1 1003(g) Funds to Improve Schools
What are School Improvement Grants?
School Improvement Grants (SIGs) are monies, authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which are given to state departments of education that they can use to make competitive subgrants to schools(LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for improvement and the strongest commitment to making necessary improvements to increase student achievement.
NOTE: Because SIG Grants are awarded by state competition, every state’s timeline, application, and award process is different. Consult your state’s Department of Education for detailed information.
What Are My Choices for a Turnaround Model?
The federal government requires LEAs to use the following five turnaround models in order to qualify SIG funding:
- Evidence-based Whole School Reform. Partner with a federally-approved Whole-School Reform Model Developer. (The ISA model does not require principal or staff replacement.)
- Turnaround. Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the school’s staff; adopt a new governance structure; provide job-embedded professional development; offer staff financial and career-advancement incentives; implement a research-based, aligned instructional program; extend learning and teacher planning time; create a community-orientation; and provide operating flexibility.
- Restart. Transfer control of, or close and reopen, a school under a school operator that has been selected through a rigorous review process. A restart model must enroll, within the grades it serves, any former student who wishes to attend.
- Transformation. Replace the principal (no requirement for staff replacement); provide job-embedded professional development; implement a rigorous teacher-evaluation and reward system; offer financial and career advancement incentives; implement comprehensive instructional reform; extend learning- and teacher-planning time; create a community-orientation; and provide operating flexibility and sustained support.
- School Closure. Close the school and enroll students in other, higher-achieving schools.
Can You Help Me Complete My SIG Application?
Your application for a SIG grant will require you to spend a great deal of time looking at your own data, developing a vision of how the improvement strategy will support your school. If you need assistance, you may want to engage an ISA School Coach to assist you.
Many topics are common to SIG grant applications. Links to the information you need are provided below– and you have our permission to steal some sentences as needed for your application.
- Research done by ISA to prove our effectiveness
- ISA’s Seven Research-based Principles, key components of the ISA Model
- General Information on ISA’s Evidence-based Model inlcuding the 5 Core Strategies
- Developing Mathematical Thinkers, ISA’s approach to improving math instruction
- Writing Worth Doing, one of ISA’s approaches to ensuring college-ready literacy
- School Leadership and Content Area Coaching, the core of ISA services, build capacity for ongoing improvement through the introduction of systemic practices that improve teaching and learning
- Student Non-Academic Support, including ISA’s new High School SuccessNavigator, an assessment of non-cogntive factors in students
- Family and Community Engagement is not an afterthought, but a crucial part of preparing young people to succeed
- Systems, process and procedures are redesigned around student and teacher supports that increase school effectiveness; dozens of protocols are implemented to improve team meetings, co-planning, decision making, daily schedule, and student progress monitoring
- Instructional planning and Development (evaluation and assessment) is supported through our College Ready School Assessment process; schools take an evidence-based look at their results, their practices, and their processes
- Sustainability Inventory, our approach to ensuring long-lasting results from your SIG grant.