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 Title 1 Section 1003 School Improvement Grants


Title I, Part A, Section 1003 School Improvement Grants

Purpose

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 and Targeted Support and Improvement 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.

Alignment

  • Comprehensive Needs Assessments (CNA)
  • District/School Improvement Plans
  • Budgets

Funding Allocations

  • As federal appropriations allow, the Georgia Department of Education for the FY19 funding year will award the 1003 fund allotments below for each category of federal identified schools:

Category

Minimum 1003 Allotment

TSI

$75,000.00

CSI – Lowest 5% or former TSI schools

$150,000.00

CSI – Graduation Rate below 67%; only identification

$50,000.00

CSI – Alternative Education schools

$75,000.00

CSI – Promise Schools – Lowest 5.1%-10%

$20,000.00

  • Schools identified for CSI support that are selected for turnaround by the Chief Turnaround Officer will receive an additional annual 1003 supplement of $25,000 per school.  Schools that are identified based on multiple criteria will receive the highest amount allotted out of the criteria applicable, excluding alternative schools.

LEA Use of Funds

  • An LEA may use section 1003 funds for any activity that it determines (and the SEA agrees) will help a school identified for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement improve student outcomes within the school
    • ​​For example, an LEA may use section 1003 funds to implement interventions aimed at improving the school, such as professional development, tutoring opportunities to increase student achievement in the school, and family engagement activities
  • ​Activities supported with section 1003 funds must be consistent with a school’s comprehensive or targeted support and improvement plan.

Evidence-Based Interventions

  • The LEA must, in its application, include evidence-based interventions.
  • Evidence-based 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).
  • For more information on evidence-based interventions, see GaDOE Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions Guidance.

Awarding Funds

To receive section 1003 funds, an LEA will:

  • Develop a comprehensive support and improvement plan for each school identified for comprehensive support and improvement for which the LEA receives school improvement funds;
  • ​Support each school developing or implementing a targeted support and improvement plan, for which the LEA receives school improvement funds, in developing and implementing a targeted support and improvement plan;
  • Monitor schools receiving funds under ESEA section 1003;
  • Use a rigorous review process to recruit, screen, select, and evaluate any external partners, if the State partners with one or more;
  • Align other Federal, State, and local resources to carry out the activities supported with school improvement funds; and
  • As appropriate, modify practices and policies to provide flexibility that enables effective implementation of comprehensive or targeted support and improvement plans.

1003 School Improvement Grants – Program Specific Assurances

The superintendent certifies that each of the statements below concerning the use of funds allocated through the Title I, Part A, 1003 School Improvement Grants for FY19 are true and correct. Title I, Part A, 1003 School Improvement Grant 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 and Targeted Support and Improvement 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 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
  • For instruction or to support instruction
  • For personnel services and benefits that are non-recurring, since the funds are for a period of one year​
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 Contact Information

 
Amy Alderman
Division of School and District Effectiveness Program Manager 
Phone: 404-308-2503
Email: ​aalderman@doe.k12.ga.us​

Gary Wenzel
Operations Specialist
Phone: 404-656-4152
Email: gwenzel@doe.k12.ga.us

Jo Johnson
Interim 
North Area Program Manager
Email: ​mjjohnson@doe.k12.ga.us


Susan Patrick
Metro Area Program Manager
Phone: 404-656-2638
Email: spatrick@doe.k12.ga.us

Janie Fields
South Area Program Manager
Email: jfields@doe.k12.ga.us

Samuel Taylor, Ph.D.
Alternative Education Program Manager
Phone: 404-657-7155
Email: staylor@doe.k12.ga.us

Patty Rooks, Ed.D.​
SIG Program Manager
Phone: 404-576-4213
Email: prooks@doe.k12.ga.us