The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released 2011-2012 school and district-level state assessment data as well as a brief analysis of School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools. The Department's analysis compares the average proficiency rates of SIG schools in the 2011–2012 school year to rates in the year prior to receiving grants.
School Improvement Grants, authorized under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, are grants to state education agencies (SEAs) that use the funds to make competitive sub-grants to local educational agencies (LEAs). LEAs selected must 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. The SIG program is a key component of the Department's strategy for helping states and districts turn around the nation's lowest-performing schools.
For more information, please visit ED's website and review School Improvement Grant (SIG) Data Analysis or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.