|The purpose of this non-competitive grant program is to fund specific strategic initiatives that will improve the state's lowest achieving schools and districts, and support their continuous cycle of improvement.
This grant program is aligned with the state's overarching goal:
- To prepare all students for success after high school
These grant funds will contribute to that goal by supporting the following state strategy:
- Turning around the lowest performing schools and districts
Eligible schools and districts will be invited to apply throughout the year as needs emerge and funds become available. Applications are only accepted from schools/districts invited to apply.
To support effective planning and the strategic use of grant funds, ESE requires that eligible schools and districts explain in detail how the strategic initiatives funded through this grant program connect to state standards and indicators of effective practice.
All schools and districts must explain how proposed strategic initiatives connect to indicators for one or more of the state's six district standards. These standards, defined in District Standards and Indicators , are:
Leadership and Governance
Curriculum and Instruction
Human Resources and Professional Development
- Financial and Asset Management
Applying schools/districts must also identify the grant program goals and initiatives, and describe how they will monitor progress towards such goals, including identifying and describing early evidence of change, intermediate implementation benchmarks, and long-term evidence of success, which they will use to assess progress for each initiative and for the overall program goals.
Since these initiatives support the school's or district's existing turnaround process, the school/district is not asked to set additional outcome measures for this work. The district's Progress and Performance Index (PPI) and Measurable Annual Goals (MAGS), if applicable, will serve as outcome measures for these initiatives as well.