School Improvement Grant (SIG)

In the fall of 2009, USDOE released revised guidance for the School Improvement Grant requirements. One of the most significant changes was to identify our most needy schools and focus the work and distribution of funds on these newly identified “persistently lowest achieving” schools.  This is a change that is taking place nationally and is providing an unprecedented opportunity to truly discover what works to improve student achievement on a broad scale and to replicate best practices in other schools with similar settings.  The nation’s schools receiving School Improvement Grants and the state departments monitoring the implementation are going to be very closely studied by all types of research organizations.  The Arizona Department of Education is offering professional development in leadership development through the National Institute of School Leadership and the University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program or formative assessment with Margaret Heritage to LEAs awarded a School Improvement Grant.

2010 Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) Overview Webinar
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School Improvement Grant Awards