The Office of School Improvement and Turnaround (OSIT) leads numerous federal and state initiatives to dramatically improve Indiana's persistently low-achieving schools. On a federal level, OSIT is charged with overseeing both the 1003(a) and 1003(g) school improvement grants as well as working with Priority and Focus schools.
Title I-served schools that received a “D” or “F” letter grade for the 2012-2013 academic year and fall under one of the priority categories are eligible for 1003(a) funds. 1003(a) funds will be awarded to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) on behalf of these low-performing Title I-served schools. These funds are designed to support school improvement plans that take a new, innovative and systemic approach to improving student achievement and school quality. As such, eligible schools must submit an application that fulfills each of the United States Department of Education’s (USDE) “Turnaround Principles” to be awarded a 1003(a) grant.
1003a funds are designed to support school improvement plans that take a new, innovative and systemic approach to improving student achievement and school quality. As such, the plan must fulfill each of the United States Department of Education’s (USDE) “Turnaround Principles” and thus may not be repurposing of prior years’ school improvement plans. Only applicants that clearly demonstrate how their school improvement plan completely and effectively fulfills each of the Turnaround Principles and that has a high likelihood of leading ato increased student learning will be considered for funding.
1003(g) school improvement grants are awarded to schools that have been identified as Tier I or Tier II schools. The purpose of the 1003(g) school improvement grant, authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (20 U.S.C. 6303 (g)), is to provide public school districts with additional funds and resources to assist their persistently lowest-achieving schools. The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) contacts districts that are eligible for this competitive grant.
OSIT is also charged with implementing school interventions required under Indiana's Public Law 221-1999, including quality reviews of schools in the fourth consecutive year of academic probation and follow-up site visits of schools in the fifth consecutive year of academic probation. If a school reaches a sixth consecutive year of academic probation, OSIT (working with numerous other divisions of the IDOE, the school corporation and community stakeholders) is responsible for overseeing the implementation of an intervention, approved by the State Board of Education, to dramatically improve the school. These interventions could include closing the school and sending students to a nearby higher-performing school, assigning a Turnaround School Operator to run part or all of the school, other recommendations as determined by the IDOE (e.g., lead partners), ideas expressed at a community hearing, or modifying the school’s improvement plan. Ultimately, through numerous federal (e.g., 1003a and 1003g) and state (e.g., school quality reviews and follow-up visits) efforts, OSIT provides targeted technical assistance and monitoring in an effort to curb the number of persistently low-achieving schools in Indiana.
- Memo: Focus-Targeted School Designations
- Focus-Targeted Informational Webex [Please note that the official due date for responses is December 20, 2013. The Webex indicates responses are due by January 15, 2014, but this has been adjusted to December 20, 2013.]
- Focus-Targeted PowerPoint
- List of Focus-Targeted Schools
- Menu of Approved Professional Development Topics for Limited English Proficient Students
- Subgroup AMOs can be found in section 2.B of the waiver, pages 66-75
- Federal School Improvement (NCLB Flexibility Waiver)
- 1003(a) School Improvement Grants
- 1003(g) School Improvement Grants
- Title I Distinguished Schools
- NCLB Flexibility Waiver Information
- Priority/Focus Schools
- State School Improvement (P.L. 221-1999)
- Year 4 Schools Technical Assistance Teams’ School Quality Review
- Year 5 Schools Technical Assistance Teams’ School Quality Review
- Turnaround Academies
- School Improvement Resources