SIG (School Improvement Grants)

In general, the purpose of School Improvement Grants (SIG) is to increase student achievement and teacher/principal effectiveness in the persistently lowest-achieving Title I or Title I-eligible schools. The goal of President Obama's administration is to turnaround the lowest 5% of schools in the next five years. Please contact your state Department of Education for information about all SIG criteria and available funds.

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    This document illustrates how the Scholastic R.E.A.L supports the criteria for Title I-funded school-wide, targeted assistance, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) programs.

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    This document illustrates how the Read and Rise® supports the criteria for Title I-funded school-wide, targeted assistance, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) programs. It reflects information published in the Parental Involvement: Title I, Part A Non-Regulatory Guidance (April 23, 2004) and the Serving Preschool Children Under Title I Non-Regulatory Guidance (March 4, 2004).

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The following chart illustrates how Scholastic Take-Home Book Packs support the criteria for Title I-funded school-wide, targeted assistance, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) programs. The criteria are drawn from the Dec. 2, 2002, Title I Final Rules and Regulations, posted at this site:

http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2002-4/120202a.html

KEY CRITERIA FOR SIG Scholastic Take-Home Book Packs
1. Provide opportunities for all students to meet the State's proficient and advanced levels of student academic achievement, particularly in the areas of reading/language arts, math, and science. Scholastic Take-Home Book Packs for Grades PreK-12 support the common core and state standards by providing high-quality, authentic literature in a wide variety of subjects and genres. The parent and community activity packs foster family involvement and reinforce at-home learning. Book packs provide components to support a balanced literacy program:
  • Cross-curricular Content: A math title is included in every nonfiction Grades K-5 book pack
  • Build Reading Accuracy: Students read familiar books over and over, while building fluency with expression
  • Research-based Strategies: Reading practice strengthens skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension through reading activities
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2. Use effective methods and instructional practices that are based on scientifically based research that: Research tells us that, without practice, students lose reading skills, and that children from lower-income families lose the most. The results in children who typically score lower on the reading tests than their counterparts.

Tw-thirds of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income