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School Improvement Grants (SIG), authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Title I or ESEA), are grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) that SEAs use to make competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools. Under the final requirements published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2010 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-10-28/pdf/2010-27313.pdf), school improvement funds are to be focused on each State’s “Tier I” and “Tier II” schools. Tier I schools are the lowest-achieving five percent of a State’s Title I schools in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring, Title I secondary schools in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring with graduation rates below 60 percent over a number of years, and, if a State so chooses, certain Title I eligible (and participating) elementary schools that are as low achieving as the State’s other Tier I schools (“newly eligible” Tier I schools). Tier II schools are the lowest-achieving five percent of a State’s secondary schools that are eligible for, but do not receive, Title I, Part A funds, secondary schools that are eligible for, but do not receive, Title I, Part A funds with graduation rates below 60 percent over a number of years, and, if a State so chooses, certain additional Title I eligible (participating and non-participating) secondary schools that are as low achieving as the State’s other Tier II schools or that have had a graduation rate below 60 percent over a number of years (“newly eligible” Tier II schools). An LEA also may use school improvement funds in Tier III schools, which are Title I schools in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring that are not identified as Tier I or Tier II schools and, if a State so chooses, certain additional Title I eligible (participating and non-participating) schools (“newly eligible” Tier III schools). In the Tier I and Tier II schools an LEA chooses to serve, the LEA must implement one of four school intervention models:

  • Turnaround Model: Replace the principal, screen existing school staff, and rehire no more than half the teachers; adopt a new governance structure; and improve the school through curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies.
  • Restart Model: Convert a school or close it and re-open it as a charter school or under an education management organization.
    NOTE: Districts selecting the option to operate a charter school must complete the following steps:
    1. First - Demonstrate the support of at least 50% of the teachers employed at the school and 50% of the voting parents or guardians whose children are enrolled at the school.
    2. Second - Complete and submit the SIG Application to the Iowa Department of Education.
    3. Third - Complete the Iowa Application for Charter School Status and submit to the Iowa Department of Education.
  • School Closure: Close the school and send the students to higher-achieving schools in the district.
  • Transformation Model: Replace the principal and improve the school through comprehensive curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies.

2014-2015 Cohort 3 SIG

School districts applying for SIG funding must be a state-identified Tier I, II or III Persistently Lowest-Achieving School (PLAS).

Iowa allocated $3,300,000 through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program for approved applications over a three year period starting with the 2014-2015 school year. The purpose of this program is to help turn around schools identified as persistently lowest achieving.

2014-2015
District School NCES Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total Model
Des Moines Capitol View Elementary School 1908970 $390,658 $390,658 $390,658 $1,171,975 Transformation
Waterloo Cunningham School for Excellence 1930480 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $1,500,000 Transformation
Des Moines Lovejoy Elementary School 1908970 $209,342 $209,342 $209,342 $628,025 Transformation

 

2011-2012 Cohort 2 SIG

School districts applying for SIG funding must be a state-identified Tier I or II Persistently Lowest-Achieving School (PLAS).

Iowa allocated $7,819,809.00 through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program for approved applications over a three year period starting with the 2011-2012 school year. The purpose of this program is to help turn around schools identified as persistently lowest achieving.

2011-2012
District School NCES Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total Model
Des Moines Findley 1908970 $977,584 $944,730 $938,182 $2,860,496 Transformation
Des Moines Harding 1908970 $784,641 $781,572 $778,503 $2,344,716 Turn Around
Waterloo Irving 1930480 $857,810 $864,340 $892,447 $2,614,597 Transformation

 

2010-2011 Cohort 1 SIG

School districts applying for SIG funding must be a state-identified Tier I or II Persistently Lowest-Achieving School (PLAS).

Iowa received a $18,710,222 allocation through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program for approved applications over a three year period starting with the 2010-2011 school year. The purpose of this program is to help turn around schools identified as persistently lowest achieving.

Title I School Improvement Grants Presentation (2011-01-07)

2010-2011
District School NCES Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total Model
Des Moines Edmunds 1908970 $1,500,000 $750,000 $541,033 $2,781,033 Transformation
Des Moines Hoyt 1908970 $1,800,000 $900,000 $695,000 $3,395,000 Transformation
Des Moines North 1908970 $2,000,000 $988,000 $750,000 $3,738,000 Transformation
Des Moines Weeks 1908970 $1,800,000 $900,000 $695,000 $3,395,000 Transformation
Waterloo Carver 1930480 $761,197 $726,466 $754,835 $2,242,498 Transformation
Waterloo Lincoln 1930480 $703,719 $710,921 $734,402 $2,149,042 Transformation

 

Waivers

SIG Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems - Waiver

The US Department of Education has granted Iowa a waiver for the principal and teacher evaluation requirement of School Improvement Grants (SIG). This waiver applies only to evaluation systems for Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 SIG schools, as follows:

  • A school that began implementing the transformation model during the 2010-2011 school year (Cohort 1) and that was not able to complete the development and implementation of its evaluation systems during that year must develop them during the 2011-2012 school year and, at a minimum, pilot them for all teachers and principals no later than the 2012-2013 school year. The piloted systems should produce valid and reliable data that may be used for decisions regarding, for example, retention, promotion, compensation, and rewards, no later than the 2013-2014 school year.
  • A school that began implementing the transformation model in the 2011-2012 school year (Cohort 2) must develop its evaluation systems during that year, pilot them for all teachers and principals during the 2012-2013 school year, and use the system in the school, including for decisions regarding, for example, retention, promotion, compensation, and rewards, no later than the 2013-2014 school year.

The following schools were approved for this waiver in March of 2012:

2010-2011 Implementation, Cohort 1
District District NCES School School NCES
Des Moines 1908970 Edmunds Elementary 00529
Des Moines 1908970 Hoyt Middle School 00545
Des Moines 1908970 North High School 00566
Des Moines 1908970 Weeks Middle School 00584
Waterloo 1930480 Carver Academy 01725
Waterloo 1930480 Lincoln 01729
2011-2012 Implementation, Cohort 2
District District NCES School School NCES
Des Moines 1908970 Findley Elementary 00531
Des Moines 1908970 Harding Middle School 00540
Waterloo 1930480 Irving Elementary 01724

Districts and schools approved for this waiver agree to the following:

  • A district representative(s) will serve on the Iowa Department of Education Evaluation System Design Committee. Benefits derived through participation in the following committee activities include:
    • Opportunity to work in conjunction with the State initiative to develop a new teacher and principal evaluation system aligned with Iowa’ s Blueprint for Education and be on the ground floor to ensure parallel systems
    • Building, articulating, and sustaining teaching and leadership standards that become part of the culture of the school/district
    • Sharing elements of quality evaluation systems
    • Developing and implementing a cohesive evaluation system balancing teacher performance and student outcomes
    • Reviewing examples of existing teaching and leadership standards: Iowa, InTASC, other states
    • Building knowledge base of other states’ work in this area
    • Opportunities to communicate with constituents statewide
    • Marketing a roll-out plan to help various audiences understand this work at state, AEA, district, school, and classroom levels
    • Opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders statewide around this work including Iowa State Education Association (ISEA), School Administrators of Iowa (SAI), Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB), Iowa Department of Education, institutions of higher education, local education agencies, and individual teachers
    • Availability of Department staff to work directly with the districts to support their work in field testing the new system during the 2012-13 school year
  • SIG schools will participate in evaluation of the new teacher and principal evaluation system including identification, collection, and analysis of data from field testing.
  • SIG schools will adhere to the required timeline:
    • Field test the district’s new teacher and principal evaluation system in all SIG schools during the 2012-13 school year
    • Implement the new system in all SIG schools during the 2013-2014 school year
    • Ensure the implemented system is capable of being used for decisions regarding, for example, retention, promotion, compensation, and rewards
  • SIG schools will participate in monitoring meetings including providing documentation regarding of accomplishments in this work to date and information about any barriers encountered.

SIG Cohort 1 Extension Waiver

The United States Department of Education has granted the Iowa Department of Education a waiver of section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of Iowa’s FY 2009 and ARRA SIG allocation until September 30, 2014. This waiver has been approved because it will allow Iowa to utilize those funds in Cohort 1 to continue SIG interventions.

The following district and schools were approved for this waiver in August, 2013:

2013-2014 Implementation Waiver, Cohort 1
District District NCES School School NCES Funds Extended
Waterloo 1930480 George Washington Carver Academy 01725 $199,110
Waterloo 1930480 Lincoln Elementary 01729 $239,916

SIG Cohort 2 Extension Waiver

The United States Department of Education has granted the Iowa Department of Education a waiver of section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of Iowa’s FY 2012 SIG allocation until September 30, 2015. This waiver has been approved because it will allow Iowa to utilize those funds in Cohort 2 to continue SIG interventions.

The following district and school was approved for this waiver in June, 2014:

2014-2015 SIG Implementation Waiver, Cohort 2
District District NCES School School NCES Funds Extended
Waterloo 1930480 Irving Elementary 01724 $200,000

 

Applications

The following documents are copies of grant applications submitted to the Department for consideration of the federal school improvement funds.

2014-2015 Cohort 3 Schools

Tier I

Note: Funded Tier 1 schools receive continued funding, contingent upon annual evaluation, for a three year period beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

Funded

Lovejoy Elementary School - Des Moines Independent Community School District Application and Amended Budget

Cunningham School for Excellence – Waterloo Community School District

Capitol View Elementary – Des Moines Independent Community School District Application and Amended Budget

Not Funded

Monroe Elementary – Des Moines Independent Community School District

2011-2012 Cohort 2 Schools

Tier I

Note: Funded Tier I schools receive funding for a three year period beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.

Funded

Findley Elementary School - Des Moines Independent Community School District

Harding Middle School - Des Moines Independent Community School District

Irving Elementary School - Waterloo Community School District

Not Funded

Frank L Smart Intermediate - Davenport Community School District

Prescott Elementary School - Dubuque Community School District

Tier II

Note: No Tier II schools were funded in the 2011-2012 school year!

South Tama County Middle School South Tama County Community School District

2010-2011 Cohort 1 Schools

Tier I

The following schools were approved for school improvement funds:

Note: All Tier 1 schools receive funding for a three year period beginning with the 2010-2011 school year.

Edmunds Elementary School - Des Moines Independent Community School District

George Washington Carver Academy - Waterloo Community School District

Hoyt Middle School - Des Moines Independent Community School District

Lincoln Elementary School - Waterloo Community School District

North High School - Des Moines Independent Community School District

Weeks Middle School - Des Moines Independent Community School District

Tier II

Note: No Tier II schools were funded in the 2010-2011 school year!

B.R. Miller Middle School – Marshalltown Community School District

East High School - Des Moines Independent Community School District

Grand Junction, 6-12 - East Greene Community School District

Hoover High School - Des Moines Independent Community School District

Lincoln High School - Des Moines Independent Community School District

Louisa-Muscatine Jr. & Sr. High School - Louisa-Muscatine Community School District

STC Middle School - South Tama County Community School District

Woodside Middle School - Saydel Community School District

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 27, 2015 at 2:14pm.