Grants Program

OVERVIEW
   
 

The School Improvement Grants (SIG) program is authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The grants are given to states for the purpose of providing assistance for school improvement through grants for Local Education Agencies (LEAs), or districts. The state must "give priority to the LEAs with the lowest-achieving schools that demonstrate — (A) the greatest need for such funds; and (B) the strongest commitment to ensuring that such funds are used to provide adequate resources to enable the lowest-achieving schools to meet the goals under school and local educational improvement, corrective action, and restructuring plans under section 1116."

   
LINKS TO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION
   
 

Update on SIG - Implementing the Transformation Model
This webinar is a sharing by three school coaches of successful strategies employed by their schools' in implementing the transformation model.

Additional Resources:

   
 

SIG Amendments & Year 2 Webinar - February 3, 2011
Objectives of the webinar include: review procedures for amending SIG grants during the current year, discuss the role of SIG coaches in making amendment decisions, consider ways to use the audit findings to inform Year 2 SIG plans, and offer suggestions for future meetings of SIG coaches/teams.

Additional Resources:

   
 

School Improvement Grant Application Information & Documents
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on April 30, 2010 that Vermont will receive $8.5 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. These funds are part of the $3.5 billion that will be made available to states this spring from money set aside in the 2009 budget and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $8,582,473 made available to Vermont is being distributed by formula to the state and will then be competed out by the state to school districts. In order for a school district to apply for these funds, it must have a state-identified "persistently lowest achieving" or a Tier III school - a school that has failed to meet annual yearly progress for two years and is not identified as a persistently lowest achieving school. However, Tier III schools can only receive funds once all of the state's persistently lowest achieving schools have received funds. Use the link above to view Vermont's application, which includes its list of persistently lowest achieving schools, as defined by the state.

Use the following links for information and documents schools need to apply for the grant:

   
 

Tier I, Tier II and Tier III School Determination Process
The intent of these documents (below) is to clarify the recent designation of the state's 10 "persistently low-achieving schools." This ranking was a requirement of the U.S. Department of Education (USED), and the determination process used in Vermont was reviewed and approved by USED in January 2010. The 10 designated schools are eligible for further federal funding and support from the Vermont Agency of Education (VT-AOE). Application for funding and participation is a local school board decision. If any of these 10 schools apply for funds, it is with the agreement they will follow one of four school improvement models defined by the USED. The VT-AOE is providing technical assistance to the superintendents of all 10 affected schools and will continue to do so throughout the application process and the life of the grant.

  • Vermont's School Improvement Grant Tiered Schools Definition
    (As Approved by USDOE)
  • Tier I, Tier II and Tier III Determination Explanation
  • Ranking Determinations Formulae
  • Vermont Title I Schools Ranked List
    In an effort to get state education agencies and local school districts to use federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds in a more focused manner to improve achievement for children in poverty, the USED required the department for the first time this year to rank all Title I identified (by State AYP) schools and Title I eligible high schools. Ninety-six schools fit this category and were ranked individually on their most recent (2008/2009) AYP index scores in reading and mathematics and the amount of growth in these areas over the testing period (for high schools this was two years; for other schools this was four years). In response to requests for this information, the department is posting the list here. Tier I, II and III schools are all eligible for additional federal funding through SIG. Schools categorized as "No Formal Status (NFS)" were included in the ranking because of their Title I status but have no formal designation and are not eligible for the federal grant funds.
    • Vermont LEA SIG Applications
      View applications by supervisory union, including SU name, school name, application status and award amount. NOTE: Vermont Tier I & Tier II schools using the transformation reform model are noted by an asterisk (*) in the table below.
   
 

Supervisory Union/School

Tier
Application
Status
Award
Amount
 
  * Transformation Model
   
 
Bridport
III
 
$56,150.56
 
Mary Hogan
III
 
$ 59,371.00
 
Shoreham
III
 
$ 61,000.00
 
  Bristol Elementary
III
 
$ 60,000.00
   

Mt Abraham UHS *

II
$ 620,887.00
     
   
Vergennes Elementary
III
 
$ 56,000.00
 
    Fair Haven Graded
III
 
$ 100,000.00
   

Fair Haven HS *

II
$ 550,000.00
 
    Barre City Elementary
III
$ 60,000.00
 
    Burlington HS
III
$ 61,300.00
    C.P. Smith Elementary
III
$ 52,500.00
    Champlain Elementary
III
$ 55,500.00
    Edmunds Middle
III
$ 67,600.00
    Hunt Middle
III
$ 61,300.00
   

Integrated Arts Academy at H. O. Wheeler *

I
$ 738,300.00
    J.J. Flynn
III
 
$ 61,500,00
    Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes
III
$ 52,000.00
 
 
Burke
III
$ 54,513.00
    Lyndon Town
III
$ 76,150.00
 
 
Camels Hump
III
$ 65,000.00
 
 
Williston Schools
III
$ 60,000.00
 
 
Mallets Bay
III
$ 64,745.20
 
 
St. Albans City Elementary
III
$ 65,000.00
 
 
Bakersfield
III
$ 52,138.00
 
Berkshire
III
$ 50,821.00
 
Enosburg Elementary
III
$ 51,210.00
 
 
Highgate
III
$ 55,000.00
 
Missisquoi Valley
III
$ 55,000.00
 
Swanton Schools
III
$ 55,000.00
 
Franklin West
 
   
BFA (Fairfax)
III
Did Not Apply
 
 
Alburgh
III
$ 59,098.00
 
    Hyde Park
III
 
$ 50,000
   

Johnson Elementary *

I
$ 552,000.00
   

Lamoille HS *

II
$ 664,000.00
 
 
    Morristown Elementary
III
$ 59,760.00
    Peoples Academy Middle
III
$ 53,000.00
 
 
Milton Elementary
III
$ 64,100.00
 
 
Derby
III
$ 56,994.00

    Newport City Elementary
III
Did Not Apply
 
North Country JUHS
III
$ 50,000.00
 
 
Williamstown Middle/HS
III
$ 75,000.00
 
   

Rutland HS *

II
 
$ 850,364.00
   
Rutland Intermediate
III
$ 50,000.00
   
Rutland Middle
III
$ 50,000.00
   
Rutland Northwest
III
$ 50,000.00
 
 
    Lothrop
III
$ 50,386.85
    Neshobe
III
$ 50,886.85
 
 
Mill River UHS
III
$ 65,000.00
 
 
   
Bennington Elementary
III
 
$ 66,513.00
   
Molly Stark
III
 
$ 72,242.00
   
Pownal
III
$ 79,316.00
 
   
Riverside Middle
III
$ 65,630.80
   
Union Street
III
$ 67,500.00
 
   

St. Johnsbury School *

I
 
$ 618,136.93
 
 
   

Northfield Elementary *

I
 
$ 497,200.00
 
    Crossett Brook
III
$48,520.00
    Thatcher Brook
III
$56,100.00
 
   
Bellows Falls Middle
III
$ 70,500.00
   
Westminster
III
$ 60,000.00
 
   
Academy School
III
$ 64,200.00
   
Brattleboro Middle
III
$ 66,730.00
   
Green Street
III
$ 61,385.00
    Putney School
III
 
$ 60,190.00
 
 
   

Windsor HS *

II
 
$ 632,950.00
    Windsor State Street
III
 
$ 85,500.00
 
 
   
John F. Kennedy Elementary
III
 
$ 50,000.00
    John F. Kennedy Middle
III
 
$ 50,000.00
 
Winooski HS *
I
 
$ 499,431.00
           
   
 

The Vermont School Improvement Grant (SIG) Wiki
This wiki is a department-hosted resource for schools applying for the School Improvement Grant. View the list of schools eligible to apply here.

Questions?

Karin Edwards at karin.edwards@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1407

Page Last Updated on December 4, 2014