Purpose of Allocation
Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Title I Priority and Focus Schools to meet the progress goals in their District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance.
These funds are to be used to support implementation of school improvement activities identified through the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) reviews or a school review with district oversight and included in the DCIP/SCEP.
Only Title I Focus Districts are eligible to apply for this grant. The list of Focus Districts is posted at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/2012-13FocusDistricts.xls. Non-Title I Focus Districts and Focus or Priority Charter Schools are not eligible for this grant.
Each Title I Focus District will receive the following allocation(s):
- Title I Focus District base allocation - $30,000 per district
- Title I Priority School allocations based on the review type as follows:
- On-site review led by NYSED - $45,000 per school
- District led-review using the DTSDE protocol - $25,000 per school
- School review (focused on Tenet 3 of the DTSDE) with district oversight - $15,000 per school
- Title I Focus School allocations based on the review type as follows:
- On-site review led by NYSED - $30,000 per school
- District led-review using the DTSDE protocol - $20,000 per school
- School review (focused on Tenet 3 of the DTSDE) with district oversight - $10,000 per
Review Type Definitions:
On-site review led by NYSED:
An on-site review led by NYSED will be carried out by an Integrated Intervention Team (IIT) composed of New York State Education Department (NYSED) reviewers and/or consultant reviewers over a period of one, two or three days. The length of the review will depend on the accountability identification status or the size of the school. More information about on-site school reviews can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/DTSDEHandbookFinal113012.pdf
District led-review using the DTSDE protocol:
A District led review using the DTSDE protocol consists of a district assigned lead reviewer as well as a team of individuals who will be responsible for conducting the school review. The district lead reviewer is expected to be a person who has participated in the NYSED mandated Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) training or has otherwise been certified by NYSED. Other district reviewers, such as content specialists, may participate after receiving appropriate turnkey district training.
School review (focused on Tenet 3) with district oversight:
This school review with district oversight is focused on the creation and enactment of curriculum as defined in Tenet 3 of the DTSDE. The school principal, in collaboration with any school based management-shared decision entity authorized by the district pursuant to Part 100.11 of Commissioner’s Regulations to participate in developing a school comprehensive education plan, completes the DTSDE School Self-Assessment document, which can be found on the SED website under Section 3 at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool-institute/DTSDEHandbook.html#Section1. The instructional leader and others with instructional expertise conduct classroom visits using the appropriate DTSDE classroom visitation tool (there are targeted tools for different sub-groups of students), which can be found on our website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool-institute/DTSDEHandbook.html#Section1. The instructional leader and designated staff also use the Tools to Guide the Collection of Evidence of Shifts in Practice, which can be found under Downloadable Resources at http://engageny.org/resource/tools-to-guide-the-collection-of-evidence-of-shifts-in-practice and Tristate Rubric, which can be found at http://engageny.org/resource/tri-state-quality-review-rubric-and-rating-process to determine the school’s progress in alignment of its curriculum to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and the implementation of instructional practices that reflect the six Common Core Shifts. The school then summarizes the results of its review against the Tenet 3 rubric and the implications for development of its next School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP). The district will complete a similar summary in terms of the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP). This option may be of particular interest for schools that received a School Quality Review (SQR), External School Curriculum Audit (ESCA), or Joint Intervention Team (JIT) review in 2011-12.
Districts that already have in place an internal school review process that addresses at least three of the five tenets of the DTSDE and can be used to determine the school’s progress in alignment of its curriculum with the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and the implementation of instructional practices that reflect the six Common Core Shifts, with Department approval, may use that process as the basis for conduct of the School Review with District Oversight.
Please note: Non-Title I Schools and Priority Schools receiving 2012-13 School Improvement Grants under Section 1003(g) or 2012-13 School Innovation Fund Grants are not for eligible for an allocation under Section 1003(a). Only Title I schools providing instruction to students during the 2012-13 school year are eligible for an allocation.
In order to receive a grant, a district must have submitted an application for an Outside Educational Expert (OEE) to participate in each visit that will be conducted by an NYSED-led Integrated Intervention Team during the 2012-13 school year, NYSED must have approved the district OEE applications, the OEE must have participated in the training required to serve as on an OEE on an IIT, and the OEE must be made available to participate in the IIT school reviews as scheduled by NYSED.
Title I School Improvement 1003(a) funds may not be used for any school level activities in Non-Title I schools. Districts must target funds toward the area(s) of identification and toward the particular subgroup(s) identified for improvement. The funds must be used to complete required school and district reviews and support the goals outlined in the DCIP/SCEP.
Funds may only be used for activities allowed under Title I and must be used for required improvement activities from the following list:
- Conducting district and school level reviews using the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) (including required training costs and administration of any DTSDE parent, staff or student surveys) or conducting a school review (focused on DTSDE Tenet 3) with district oversight,
- Hiring an Outside Educational Expert (OEE) or Distinguished Educator (DE) to help conduct required reviews or implement improvement plans,
- Developing District Comprehensive Improvement and/or School Comprehensive Education Plans (DCIP/SCEP), and
- Implementing activities to achieve a specific major goal from the approved DCIP/SCEP (including any goals related to preparing Priority Schools for implementation of one of the four federal intervention models: Turnaround, Transformation, Restart, or Closure).
See information beginning on page 11 for additional information on allowable activities.
Please Note: There is no carryover for these funds. All activities must be encumbered during the project period below. Funds under this grant may not be used for construction, renovation, furnishings, or acquisition of technology.
Additional information regarding district and school improvement requirements under the ESEA Flexibility waiver may be found at:
September 1, 2012* to August 31, 2013
* Districts may include allowable required activities encumbered as of September 1, 2012 in their grant application, but all expenditures are subject to NYSED approval.
Applications must be postmarked by February 15, 2013.
Budget Amendment Deadline
All budget amendments are subject to review and approval. Amendments must be postmarked by June 30, 2013. Amendments must be submitted with sufficient time for review of any new activities. Amendments to adjust costs for approved activities or adjust fund codes can be accepted at any time during the project period; however supplies exceeding 10% of an activity cost always require a full review and must be submitted by June 30, 2013.
Late amendments will not be accepted.
Please Note: This is an LEA Grant. Do not submit an application or budget for individual schools.
A complete application consists of one original bearing the original signature of the Superintendent and one CD or flash drive including the following:
- Cover page
- Title I School Improvement Grant Allocation Chart
- Title I School Improvement Grant Program Narrative Chart(s)
- Assurances and Certification Regarding Lobbying, etc.
- FS-10 Budget Form available at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/cafe/forms/
Send the completed application to:
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Grants Management, Room 464 EBA
Albany, New York 12234
Attn: Title I School Improvement, 1003(a) Application
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