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 sub-grants 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. When school districts applied, they were required to indicate that they would implement one of the following four models in their persistently lowest achieving schools:
Under the final requirements published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2010, 1003(g) school improvement funds are to be focused on each State’s “Tier I” and “Tier II” schools.
Tier I schools are the lowest achieving 5 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). *
2011-2012 Tier I Schools: Blytheville Charter School and ALC, Dreamland Academy, Dollarway High School, Osceola High School, McClellan Magnet High School, Augusta High School, Marvell High School, Central High School, Strong High School, Osceola Middle School, Stephens high School, Hughes High School, Earle High School, Hall High School, Jack Robey Middle School, Forrest City Jr. High School, Forrest City High School and Oak Park Elementary School.
2009-2010 & 2010-2011 Tier I Schools: Central High School, Cloverdale Middle School, Dermott High School, Dollarway High School, Dollarway Middle School, Earle High School, Hughes High School, Lynch Drive Elementary School, Marvell High School, Osceola High School, Osceola Middle School, Rose City Middle School, Trusty Elementary School and Turrell High School.
Tier II schools are the lowest achieving 5 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).
2011-2012 Tier II Schools: Accelerated Learning Program Springdale Alternative School, Belle Point Alternative Center, J.A. Fair High School and Pine Bluff High School.
2009-2010 & 2010-2011 Tier II Schools: Hall High School, J.A. Fair High School, Jacksonville High School, Palestine-Wheatley High School and Pine Bluff High School.
* Change as a result of Flexibility - The Arkansas Department of Education received a waiver of the requirements in ESEA section 1003(g)(4) and the definition of a Tier I school in Section I.A.3 of the SIG final requirements as part of Arkansas’ ESEA Flexibility request. The SEA received this waiver and may award SIG funds to an LEA to implement one of the four SIG models in any of the State’s priority schools that meet the definition of “priority schools” set forth in the document titled ESEA Flexibility.
The annual school performance data from the Arkansas assessments required under section 1111(b)(3) of the ESEA for literacy and mathematics were used to identify persistently lowest-achieving schools. Performance levels from annual assessments for 2009 through 2011 included all students completing a full academic year, as well as students completing an alternate assessment. Tier 1 schools identified as persistently lowest-achieving were determined from among 330 Title 1 participating schools that were in school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring.
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