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September 05, 2014

Education Department Proposes Big Changes to School Improvement Grant Program

Floundering schools that receive federal turnaround dollars would get some new options for using the money under draft guidance slated to be published in the federal register Monday.

June 18, 2014

Five Items on Arne Duncan's Summer To-Do List

From state assessments and school turnarounds to teacher equity, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and company won't get much time to kick back and work on their tans.

June 16, 2014

In Federal-State Relations on Education Policy, Should Locals Get Priority?

A June 13 panel of education officials and analysts agreed that empowering local officials to create their own solutions is often the best approach.

April 24, 2014

State Ed. Departments Should Scale Back, Involve Outside Groups, Report Says

State education agencies need to delegate more responsibilities to outside groups and slim down in light of past failures, a new report states.

February 14, 2014

New SIG Analysis Yields Same Old Conclusion: Mixed Results

Overall, the new data showed that roughly two-thirds of School Improvement Grant schools improved in reading or math, and another third declined.

January 08, 2014

How Much Extra Help Are SIG Schools Getting from States and Districts?

A new report by an independent evaluator, calls into question whether SIG schools are really getting assistance that's very different from schools that aren't part of the School Improvement Grant program.

December 11, 2013

U.S. Department of Education to Redo SIG Analysis Due to Contractor Error

An outside contractor crunching data on the controversial School Improvement Grant program erroneously excluded too many schools that should have been included in the mix.

November 26, 2013

Five Unanswered Questions in the SIG Data

The data left out a lot of things that could prove pivotal when trying to make claims about the efficacy of the program.

November 21, 2013

School Improvement Grant Program Gets Mixed Grades in Ed. Dept. Analysis

Two-thirds of schools that entered the federal School Improvement Grant program in its first year have seen gains in student achievement, but another third saw declines or no change.

October 01, 2012

Collaboration, Investment: Best Aids for Disadvantaged Schools

To successfully reform struggling schools, policy makers need to involve community members in the solution—and that is rarely done, according to a report released today.

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