The School Improvement Grant program, known as SIG, is an unprecedented effort by federal officials to turn around schools where most students have rarely, if ever, performed at grade-level expectations.
More than $5 billion has gone into the initiative, which involves more than 1,200 schools around the nation, including 27 in Colorado. They have been deemed the lowest 5 percent of U.S. schools.
For each day in this three-part series, EdNews published a national story and a closer look at a Colorado SIG school:
Part 1 – National overview, Denver’s Lake campus
- Colorado: Growing pains at Denver’s Lake campus, includes school achievement, budget and enrollment data
- National: Verdict still out on school turnarounds, includes list of all Colorado SIG schools, grant amounts and recent achievement
Part 2 – Teacher evaluations, Sheridan’s Fort Logan Elementary
- Colorado: Charting a new course in Sheridan, includes school and district achievement, budget and enrollment data
- National: Teacher evaluation requirement has wide impact, with link to states that have sought waivers of the requirement
Part 3 – SIG in a recession, Center’s Haskin Elementary
- Colorado: Grant spurs big changes in tiny Center, includes school and district achievement, budget and enrollment data
- National: Federal SIG dollars flow as states cut school budgets, includes graphic showing states’ education funding cuts
- Progress report on Colorado SIG schools – Oct. 12, 2012