In March 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued final guidance related to federal School Improvement Grants (SIGs) for fiscal year 2009.
Under Section 1003(g) of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), SIGs are designed to improve student achievement in Title I schools identified for improvement, corrective action or restructuring, as well as schools that are eligible for, but don’t receive, Title I funding and who have been identified as persistently low-achieving. The goal of the program is to enable those schools to meet their Annual Measureable Objective (AMO) and exit improvement status.
In order for Kentucky to receive SIG funds, the state submitted a plan outlining the definition of “persistently low-performing schools,” the process by which those schools and respective districts would be assessed and the options for improvement available to the schools.
Kentucky’s definitions, processes and options for improvement are based on the language contained in House Bill 176, legislation related to persistently low-performing schools that was passed by the 2010 General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2010. Implementation details for HB 176 are clarified by state regulation 703 KAR 5:280, which was approved by the Kentucky Board of Education in 2015.
Leadership assessments were administered by teams of current and former educators, parents and others trained in the process.
To obtain copies of the Leadership Assessments or Diagnostic Reviews that have been provided to the schools and/or districts, please contact Natasha Napier.
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