|School Improvement Grants
||Eligible LEA buildings *
||Intent to Apply:
* Once the money is allocated to the SEA, the districts are required to complete and return an intent to apply. Specific details regarding the competitive application will be given upon award of funds from the US Department of Education. The date that funds become available to draw down is July 1, 2010.
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Description of Fund
School Improvement funds are provided to school district buildings through a competitive process in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $2,000,000 per year for three years for implementing a school improvement plan that is focused on the specific reasons that caused the building to be identified for school improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act. Districts and buildings must use the Ohio Improvement Process as approved in the Differentiated Accountability proposal approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
Who is eligible?
School Improvement Grants, authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Title I or ESEA), are grants, through State educational agencies (SEAs), to local educational agencies (LEAs) for use in Title I schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring 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 their students so as to enable the schools to make adequate yearly progress and exit improvement status.
Under the final requirements published in the Federal Register in December 2009, school improvement funds are to be focused on Ohio’s persistently lowest-achieving Title I schools in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring (“Tier I schools”) and, at an LEA’s option, persistently-lowest achieving secondary schools that are eligible for, but do not receive, Title I, Part A funds (“Tier II schools”). An LEA may also use school improvement funds in Title I schools in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring that are not identified as persistently lowest-achieving schools (“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, restart model, school closure, or transformation model.
Eligible LEAs may submit a competitive grant application to secure School Improvement Grant funds. Tier I and Tier II schools will receive funding priority, with the remaining funds allocated to the Tier III schools
The eligible district or community school submits its comprehensive district plan and the school improvement plans for each building, along with a budget and budget details through a competitive process in the CCIP. Through a process using trained external reviewers, each grant application will be scored and rank ordered. Successful grant applications will then be funded. Revisions may be made throughout the funding cycle. A SAFE account is needed to input data into the CCIP. (For help navigating the CCIP, click here.)
Guidance and Uses of Funds
Districts, buildings and community schools will complete and periodically update the automated Implementation Management and Monitoring (IMM) tool to describe how progress will be measured, the schedule of major activities and progress on meeting the measures.
The Ohio Department of Education will collect data from ARRA program subrecipients on a quarterly basis and report that data to the federal reporting web site on behalf of LEAs. The data that will be collected will consist of the calculated FTE and description of jobs created or retained and funded by that program, and the identity of any vendor who receives a single payment from a single ARRA fund in excess of $25,000.00. Updated reporting guidance for each quarter can be found on the ODE Stimulus Updates – ARRA main page under the heading Data and Reporting Guidance.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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