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School Improvement Grant (SIG) Assessment Results: Cohorts 1 and 2 - The U.S. Department of Education released an analysis of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program this week, comparing the average proficiency rates of SIG schools in the 2011-12 school year to the year before receiving grants, the 2009-10 school year for Cohort 1 and the 2010-11 school year for Cohort 2. Among the results: on average, SIG schools are making gains in math and reading, Cohort 1 schools continued to improve in the second year of receiving SIG funds, Cohort 1 demonstrated larger increases in average proficiency rates in math and reading compared to all schools while Cohort 1 showed larger increases in math, but similar increases in reading. (U.S. Department of Education)...

Are Personalized Learning Environments the Next Wave of K-12 Education Reform? - In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Race to the Top-District grant program emphasizing personalized learning environments. This paper looks at the first round of 16 winners and their approaches. Four themes emerged from the applications: blended learning environments, individualized college and career readiness learning plans, competency-based models, and engaging and empowering key stakeholder groups including community partnerships and networks. (American Institutes for Research)...

Federal Barriers to Innovation - This paper identifies three fiscal requirements of Title I and IDEA Part B that they assert encourage the status quo, instilling in districts a deference for existing staffing and spending patterns. The report recommends a number of reforms to make federal programs more favorable to innovation: closing the Title I comparability loophole, streamlining its supplement-not-supplant requirement, and instituting a challenge waiver system for IDEA Part B maintenance of effort. (Center on Reinventing Public Education, November 2012)...

School Improvement Grants: Analyses of State Applications and Eligible and Awarded Schools - Since passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, two cohorts have received School Improvement Grants (SIG), implementing them in 2010 and 2011. This Ed. Dept. analysis of the two groups found most applications in Cohort II were new lists and most planned refinements of practices used the year before by Cohort I. Both cohorts tended to favor the transformation model; they tended to be high-poverty, high-minority, and urban. However, Cohort II was smaller, featured a higher percentage of elementary schools, a higher percentage of Hispanic students and a lower percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. (National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, October 2012)...

Unequal Education: Federal Loophole Enables Lower Spending on Students of Color - According to this report, "students of color are being shortchanged across the country when compared to their white peers." The author asserts that there is, on average, 40% variation in school funding within districts, and that inequality in school funding does not stem from disparities in property tax bases, as is commonly assumed. The report analyzes newly available data on school spending to make the case that the so-called "comparability loophole" should be closed. (Center for American Progress, August 2012)...

What Impact Did Education Stimulus Funds Have on States and School Districts - This report from the Center on Education Policy (CEP) examines the impact education stimulus funds have had on states and school districts. The report synthesizes findings across six reports published by CEP from December 2009 to February 2012, and distills themes and conclusions based on a retrospective look at the effects of ARRA on K-12 education. (CEP, July 2012)...

State Implementation and Perceptions of Title I School Improvement Grants under the Recovery Act: One Year Later - Based on a winter 2011-12 survey of state directors of the federal Title I program, this report examines the first year of state implementation of the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. It focuses on state processes for renewing the SIG awards made for school year 2010-11, state assistance to schools, and general perceptions of the ARRA SIG program requirements. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia participated in the survey. (Center on Education Policy, March, 2012)...

Competing for School Improvement Dollars: State Grant-Making Strategies - This paper takes a closer look at state grant-making strategies for federal school improvement dollars. Further, it reviews the way in which state funding practices for school improvement have changed as a result of the updated School Improvement Grant program (SIG) requirements and how states have used their flexibility to implement a competitive grant process. Specifically, this paper details the approach that three states have taken in administering their grant competitions. These states illuminate the spectrum of competitiveness in the state grant-making process that has emerged as a result of the new school improvement regulations. (Center for American Progress, March 2012) ...

After the Stimulus Money Ends: The Status of State K-12 Education Funding and Reforms - This report, which is based on a fall 2011 survey of state education agency officials, finds that state spending cuts for K-12 education seemed to have bottomed out in many states, although some states are still strapped for funds. The report also examines states’ efforts to implement the four school reforms they promised to address in their applications for federal stimulus funds. (Center on Education Policy, 2012) ...

The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund and Higher Education Spending--Part 2 of 4 - This report explores how states distributed federal education stimulus funds and illuminates where stimulus money helped hide major state budget cuts to higher education. The report also identifies the states where major battles over college funding are emerging. (New America Foundation, May 2011)...


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