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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.

March 20, 2012

States Differ in Doling Out Turnaround Funds, Study Finds

States have taken different tacks in awarding districts money under the federal School Improvement Grants, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.

August 24, 2011

ED Offers SIG Schools Extra Time for Teacher Evaluation Systems

The U.S. Department of Education has quietly invited states and schools using the most popular of four school improvement models to apply for some extra time to figure out the trickiest component of the federal turnaround strategy.

February 23, 2011

Schools Drill Down Into Use of School Improvement Grants

The transformation model, often viewed as the least restrictive turnaround model under the federal program, again proves most popular, surveys by the Center on Education Policy show.

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