This guide provides states, districts, and schools with information and support to prepare applications for 2015-2016 School Improvement Grants (SIGSs). Produced by the Center for School Turnaround at WestEd, this resource highlights the new amended regulations for SIGs and can be used by local education agencies to optimize the optional year of planning and pre-implementation.
As a result of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new education law, schools and districts are required to reconsider their accountability systems and adopt at least one indicator of school quality or student success, which the law gives states flexibility in choosing. These alternate indicators attempt to measure the learning conditions, supports, and/or opportunities for students. A new publication from the Center on School Turnaround, School Quality Indicators Scan, describes possible indicators in a variety of categories and also includes key questions for state education agencies (SEAs) and key resources to help inform SEA decisions.
This tool is designed to help teachers make appropriate text selections for their classroon. For addtional information, see the CSAI (Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation) resource, Supporting Students in Close Reading.
Sharpening the Focus: Helping Fine-Tune Policies and Practices to PRomote Effective Teaching and Learning in the Early Years explores what supports and systems are needed to drive teaching quality that will result in improved outcomes for children and the "powerful and few" core policies needed to improve teaching quality and result in significant outcomes for children.
The BUILD Initiative and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes have been working together with state leaders and national experts to strengthen policy that promotes effecitve early childhood teaching, birth through 3rd grade. A result of that ongoing collaboration, Sharpening the Focus, encourages state policymakers and their partners to critically review professional development and accountability policies, offers guidance on pollicy implementation, and makes recommendations for the "powerful and few" core state policies that can improve teaching and learning for all young children.
The Center on School Turnaround has developed profiles of three schools that recived Cohort 1 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding in the 2009-10 school year. Each of these schools increased student outcomes by the end of the third year of its SIG funding. This document highlights findings from these successful turnaround cases to provide examples to state-, district-, and school-level educators working to strengthen struggling schools. In addition to highlight turnaround strategies, this report documents the extremely important role that the district and state played in each turnaround. Although no silver bullet strategy exists, many similarities among the schools were found in terms of district and state support. For example, all three states helped develop each school's initial SIG turnaround plan and provided effective monitoring throughout the grant period.