These are the proposed changes to the Federal regulations regarding “School Improvement Grants” to states.
Public Comment: In response to our invitation in the NPR, 235 parties submitted comments on the proposed requirements.
Changes that were made as a result of the comments made:
Changes: We have modified the requirements in section II.B.1(b) to permit an SEA to submit to the Secretary for approval a State-determined model that meets the definition of “whole-school reform model” in section I.A.3 of the final requirements and that includes, at the SEA’s discretion, any other elements or strategies that the SEA determines will help improve student achievement.
Changes: As needed throughout the final requirements, we have replaced references to “whole-school reform strategy” with “whole-school reform model” and references to “strategy developer” with “whole-school reform model developer.”
Changes: We have modified the requirements for evidence of effectiveness for the evidence-based, whole-school reform model under section I.A.2(e)(1) to require that evidence of effectiveness include at least one study, rather than two studies, that meets the What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards and by requiring that if the study meets the What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards with reservations, it include a large sample and a multi-site sample as defined in 34 CFR 77.1.
Changes: We have removed paragraph (b)(2) of the definition of “whole-school reform model developer” and adding language to final paragraph (b) of the definition to clarify the process by which an SEA must determine that a whole-school reform model developer has a demonstrated record of success. We also have changed the proposed requirement that the individual or entity have a record of success in implementing the chosen strategy to allow the individual or entity to demonstrate a record of success in implementing any whole-school reform model.
These changes in procedure have nothing to do with school or student achievement.
To continue reading the final requirements for receiving a SIG Grant from the government an LEA must be failing.
In short, our children’s educational failure fuels the federal funding of State Education Agencies which forces the failure of Local Education Agencies.
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