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School Improvement Grants (SIG)

Final ESEA Funding, Six Oregon Schools To Receive $6.24 Million In Federal School Improvement Grant Funding


Six Oregon schools will receive a total of $6.23 million dollars over five years in what is now the final iteration of Federal School Improvement Grants (SIG). These investments, targeted to support the turnaround of persistently struggling schools, will be more tightly incorporated in federal funding requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Requirements from the US Department of Education limited eligible schools to those identified as Priority or Focus schools in 2013. Six school districts submitted applications for seven schools. A review of applications and a revision period to make adjustments to plans and budgets moved six schools forward for funding and plan implementation. 

This chart shows the district, school, model selected and funding amount over the period of the grant.

Under the School Improvement Grant process, schools develop and employ several innovative and research based practices as they plan and implement improvement plans.  Some of the areas that schools are targeting for improvement include, but are not limited to: professional development for faculty and administration; instructional reforms in both reading and math; operational flexibility and sustainability; and parent and community outreach.  

An example of the impact that the School Improvement Grants can have in a school can be found with Prescott Elementary School in the Parkrose School District.  Prescott Elementary was a School Improvement Grant recipient for Cohort 4 which started in July of 2015.  During the short time that Prescott Elementary has been a part of SIG Cohort 4; the school has increased their meets and exceeds (levels 3 and 4) for the English Language Arts Smarter Balance tests as well as significantly increased the number of students that exceeded in the Science OAKS test.  

 As with previous SIG cohorts, districts that receive a grant must agree to implement one of six intervention models for each of the schools receiving funding. 

The interventions include:

  • Closure Model - the district closes the school and enrolls the students in a higher achieving school within reasonable proximity to the closed school.
  • Restart Model - the district closes the school and then turns the school over to a charter management organization (the school becomes a charter school)
  • Turnaround Model - the district replaces the principal, screens existing school staff and re-hires no more than half the teachers, and implements systems that focus on improving teachers, leaders, instructional and support strategies, time and governance
  • Transformation Model - the district replaces the principal and implements systems that focus on improving teachers, leaders, instructional and support strategies, time and governance.
  • Evidence-Based, Whole-School Reform Strategy Model - the district implements an evidence-based, whole-school reform strategy developed in partnership with a strategy developer.
  • Early Learning Model - the district implements a high-quality preschool program at an eligible school that incorporates the transformation model strategies for all levels and personnel.
SIG/INDISTAR Indicators for use with the Indistar system.

Cohort 5 (2016 – 2021) Grants and Applications


Cohort 4 (2015-2020) Grants and Applications


Cohort 3 (2014-2017) Grants and Applications

Oregon applied for this grant again in 2014 and received $5.5 million to distribute to some of the state’s persistently lowest achieving schools over a three year period from 2014-2017. See below for the list of schools that were eligible to apply (Priority and Focus schools). The names of the awarded schools are posted below. Copies of the applications are available upon request.

Cohort 2 (2011-2014) Grants and Applications

Oregon applied for this grant again in 2011 and received $5.81 million and was instructed to use this entire amount for the first year of this three year grant. The second and third year funding will be given to Oregon during the second and third year of the grant respectively (2012 and 2013). See below for the list of schools that were eligible to apply (Tier I, II and III schools). The names of the awarded schools are posted below. Copies of the applications are available upon request.


Cohort 1 (2010-2013) Grants and Applications

Oregon applied for this grant in 2010 and received $32.7 million to award to some of the state’s persistently lowest achieving schools (over a three year period from 2010-2013). See below for the list of schools that were eligible to apply (Tier I, II and III schools) and the names of the schools that received grants (none of the Tier III schools applied, but all of the Tier I and II schools that did apply received funding). Copies of the applications are available upon request.


The official USED website for the School Improvement Grant

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