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School Improvement Funds

The School Improvement Grant program, authorized under section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, allocates funds to states to enable the awarding of grants to school districts for the purpose of providing assistance to schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under section 1116 to meet accountability requirements.

In awarding these grants to districts, the state must give priority to those districts that have schools that are determined to be “persistently lowest achieving,” that demonstrate the greatest need for funding and the strongest commitment to ensuring that funds are to provide adequate resources to substantially raise student achievement.

Equitable services to private school students and teachers do not apply to the Title I, Part A-School Improvement Funds.

Rita Fentress,
Title 1A, School Improvement & School Choice Director

School Improvement Funds: Links of Interest

School Improvement Grant (SIG) Data

Tennessee SIG Schools Implementing Turnaround and Transformation Models in 2010-11 (Excel):

School Improvement Grant (SIG) Presentations (PDF)

Please also visit our Federal Programs Presentations page to download presentations from the SIG
( School Improvement Grant) Rollout Meeting of April 27, 2010.

School Improvement Grant Application - Cohort 3 - FY11 (Federal Year 2011) download pdf file

Cohort 3 School Improvement Grant Applications (5/15/13)

School Improvement Grant Application - Cohort 2 - FY10 (Federal Year 2010) download pdf file

Cohort 2 School Improvement Grant Applications (4/30/12)download pdf file

Awarded to the Achievement School District (ASD), Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), and Memphis City Schools

Cohort 2, Year 2 Amendments July 2013

Cohort 1 School Improvement Grant Approved Applications 2010-2011 download pdf file

Note: please visit the Federal Programs Presentation Page to view information that was provided at the:

  • SIG Webinar - May 19, 2010 and the
  • School Improvement Grant Rollout Meeting - April 27, 2010

Cohort 1 School Improvement Grant Applications - FY09 (Federal Year 2009) download pdf file

USED School Improvement Fund Page (Purpose; Eligibility; Applicant Information; Awards; Performance; Funding Status; Laws, Regulations, & Guidance; Resources; FAQs; Contacts)

Handbook on Effective Implementation of School Improvement Grants (Center on Innovation and Improvement)

High Priority Schools

LEA and School Improvement Guidancedownload pdf file

TN School Improvement Planning Process

Reading Researchdownload Word file