I, Part A, Section 1003 School Improvement Grants
The Title I, Part A, Section 1003(a) School Improvement Grants provide financial resources to local educational agencies (LEA) on behalf of Title I schools identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools. This grant is awarded to support implementation of school improvement plans required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and Georgia's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) approved by the United States Department of Education.
- Funds are awarded to districts on behalf of the identified schools. Though the LEA acts as the fiscal agent, 1003 funds support the identified school(s).
- Funds are utilized to support goals/priorities identified in the schools' improvement plans.
- Funds must be expended in alignment with the reporting, monitoring, and level of evidence as defined by ESSA.
- Interventions supported with Section 1003 School Improvement funds must be based on strong, moderate, or promising evidence of a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other relevant outcomes, as defined in ESEA section 8101(21)(A)(i).
To receive Section 1003 School Improvement funds, an LEA will:
The LEA superintendent certifies that each of the statements below concerning the use of funds allocated through the Title I, Part A, 1003 School Improvement Grants are true and correct.
- Develop a district plan of support for each school identified for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement for which the LEA receives school improvement funds
- Ensure that all identified schools have conducted comprehensive needs assessments to create school improvement plans
- Monitor schools receiving funds under ESEA Section 1003
- Recruit, screen, select, and evaluate any external partners using a rigorous review process
- Align other federal, state, and local resources to carry out the activities supported with school improvement funds
- Modify practices and policies to provide flexibility that enables effective implementation of comprehensive or targeted support and improvement plans, as appropriate
- Engage in ongoing efforts to examine the effects of interventions purchased with 1003 funds.
Section 1003 School Improvement funds will be used to support the following:
- Improved student achievement in the target areas and subgroups to be addressed regarding status as a Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school
- Costs directly associated with schools developing required school improvement plans; the school is awarded the funds and the principal with the leadership team will create the budget and justification of expenses with the support of a Georgia Department of Education school effectiveness specialist
- Specific content areas and/or subgroups to be addressed regarding status as a Comprehensive Support and Improvement or Targeted Support and Improvement school and the degree that a direct connection between the budget and the areas of need must be evident
- Instruction or to support instruction
- Personnel services and benefits that are non-recurring, since the funds are for a period of one year
As federal appropriations allow, the Georgia Department of Education will award the Section 1003 School Improvement funds allotments below for each category of federal identified schools:
CSI – Lowest 5% or former TSI schools
CSI – Graduation Rate below 67%; only identification
CSI – Alternative Education schools
CSI – Promise Schools – Lowest 5.1%-10%
TSI – Consistently underperforming subgroup in 50% of CCRPI Components
ATSI – Consistently underperforming subgroup in all CCRPI components
Interventions supported with Section 1003 School Improvement funds must be based on strong, moderate, or promising evidence of a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other relevant outcomes, as defined in ESEA section 8101(21)(A)(i).
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