School Improvement Grants: Year Two Implementation
The federal Title I School Improvement Grant (SIG) provides funding and support to the state's identified Persistently Lowest Achieving schools in order to rapidly and dramatically increase student achievement. Minnesota SIG schools are implementing comprehensive intervention models designed to build capacity for sustainable improvement. Required intervention model elements include:
• Increasing time for learning
• Giving teachers time to collaborate
• Evaluating teachers and principals regularly
• Setting ambitious goals for student learning
After more than a year of school turnaround efforts in Minnesota, SIG schools have demonstrated a promising commitment to the process. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and school districts have a heightened sense of urgency to support capacity building and improve educational opportunities for the nearly 8,000 students enrolled in SIG schools. Schools are going deeper in implementing the intervention model components to the greatest extent possible in year two of SIG.