School Turnaround Office

School Improvement Grants 1003(g)

School Improvement Grants (SIG) under section 1003(g) of the ESEA are used to improve student achievement in Title I schools identified as Priority Schools.   These grants are targeted to support implementation of the fundamental changes needed to turn around some of New York's lowest-achieving schools.

The primary purpose of the School Improvement Grant is to provide Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) with an opportunity to support the implementation of a whole-school change model in its Priority Schools.   Grants are awarded to LEAs that demonstrate through their applications the strongest commitment and capacity to fully implement the four intervention models - turnaround, restart, school closure, and transformation - and raise student achievement in each Priority School.

SIG Online Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide you with the necessary information to successfully administer your School Improvement Grant. Each section is hyperlinked to the appropriate forms, templates, or websites. SIG Online Toolkit


SIG 5: RFP Number: TA-14

SIG 4.2: RFP Number: TA-13

SIG 4.1: RFP Number: TA-11


Full Applications Received:

SIG 5 Applications

SIG 4.2 Applications

SIG 4.1 Applications

1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) Priority Schools List Waiver: notice of and opportunity to comment on proposed waiver to be requested:

On May 29, 2012, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) received approval from the United States Department of Education (USDE) for its Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) flexibility waiver request. The key changes that the waiver permits align with the Regents Reform Agenda and allow the State to implement its next generation accountability system. With this approved flexibility waiver, NYSED has discontinued identifying schools for improvement, corrective action, and restructuring in Tiers I, II, and III, and instead identifies the states lowest-achieving schools as Priority Schools. In New York State a Priority School is either: a) among the lowest-achieving five percent of Title I schools in New York State; b) a Title I participating or Title I eligible high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over a number of years; or c) a Tier I or II SIG school.

For the purposes of eligibility for 1003(g) SIG funding, the Department is submitting a waiver request to the USDE that enables NYSED to replace its lists of Tier I, II, and III schools with its list of Priority Schools under ESEA flexibility, and waive the school eligibility requirements in Section 1.A.1 of SIG final requirements. This will enable Priority Schools to compete in the FY 2012 1003(g) SIG competition. In submitting this waiver request, NYSED assures USDE that its Priority School definition provides an acceptable alternative methodology for identifying the state's lowest-achieving schools and thus is an appropriate replacement for the eligibility requirements and definition of PLA schools in the SIG final requirements.

NYSED is submitting a waiver request to the USDE to waive section 421 (b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. ยง 1225 (b)) to extend the period of availability of FY 2013 school improvement funds for the SEA and all of its LEAs to September 30, 2017

If you have comments on this proposed waiver, they may be submitted via email to

USDE Application for School Improvement Grant (1003g) Awards Competition 2013:

This application is used by the Department to access United States Department of Education (USDE) SIG funding for New York State LEAs. The application and crosswalk document (listed below) will be submitted to USDE, and contain the newly redesigned SIG RFP which Focus Districts with Priority Schools used in the most recent SIG competition. If you would like to share your comments or suggestions  for how to revise or refine this application to improve future SIG competitions, please email them to:

NYS Ed. Dept. FY 2013 App 3 Draft Word Document (234 KB) PDF Document (1 MB)

FY 2013 SIG Requirements crosswalk with NYS Ed. Dept. SIG RFP Word Document (27 KB) PDF Document (1 MB)

2012 Archived School Improvement Grants 1003(g)

Last Updated: April 7, 2015