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2014-15 Title I School Improvement Section 1003(a)
Basic School Improvement Grant Application


UPDATE November 21, 2014: Application Documents Revised

UPDATED 11/21/14:
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Purpose of Allocation

Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Title I Priority and Focus Schools to meet the progress goals in their District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance.

These funds are to be used to support implementation of school improvement activities identified through the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) reviews or a school review with district oversight and included in the DCIP/SCEP.


Only Title I Focus Districts are eligible to apply for this grant. Districts that are in Focus Status as of July 1, 2014 are eligible for funding based on the number of Focus and Priority Schools identified in the district as of that date. The list of Focus Districts is posted online at: https://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/2012-13FocusDistricts.xls.  Focus Districts may amend their application to add newly identified schools after the Department posts the 2014-15 Accountability Designations. Non-Title I Focus Districts and Focus or Priority Charter Schools are not eligible for this grant.


Each Title I Focus District will receive the following additional allocation(s):

  • Title I Focus District base allocation: $100,000 per district
  • Title I Priority School: $100,000 per school
  • Title I Focus School: $60,000 per school

Please note: Non-Title I Schools and Priority Schools receiving 2014-15 School Improvement Grants under Section 1003(g) or 2014-15 School Innovation Fund Grants are not for eligible for an allocation under Section 1003(a). Only Title I schools providing instruction to students during the 2014-15 school year are eligible for an allocation.

Allowable Activities

Title I School Improvement 1003(a) funds may not be used for any school level activities in Non-Title I schools. Districts must target funds toward the area(s) of identification and toward the particular subgroup(s) identified for improvement. At minimum, 50% of these funds must be used to complete required school and district reviews and support the goals outlined in the DCIP/SCEP (Activities 1-4 in the Program Narrative Chart).

Funds may only be used for activities allowed under Title I and a minimum of 50% must be used for required improvement activities 1-4 listed below:

  1. Conducting district and school level reviews using the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) (including required training costs and administration of any DTSDE parent, staff or student surveys) or conducting a school review (focused on DTSDE Tenet 3) with district oversight;
  2. Hiring an Outside Educational Expert (OEE) or Distinguished Educator (DE) to help conduct required reviews or implement improvement plans;
  3. Developing District Comprehensive Improvement and/or School Comprehensive Education Plans (DCIP/SCEP); and
  4. Implementing activities to achieve a specific major goal from the Board of Education approved DCIP/SCEP (including any goals related to preparing Priority Schools for implementation of one of the four federal intervention models: Turnaround, Transformation, Restart, or Closure).

A maximum of 50% of the funds may be used for supplemental improvement activities 5-8 listed below:

  1. Leadership programs for school leaders in Focus and Priority Schools to support implementation of Annual Personnel Performance Reviews (APPR), Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), and Data Driven Instruction (DDI), including the Reward School Mentoring program for Focus and Priority School principals;
  2. Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to provide college and career enrichment programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for historically underserved students from Focus and Priority Schools;
    • STEM learning opportunities must include summer residential programs at colleges and universities, or a combination of after-school, weekend, and summer enrichment programs located at an IHE campus or STEM facility. Meaningful field trips to other IHEs and STEM facilities are highly encouraged.
    • The programs must target at risk students from identified subgroups and include parent involvement activities and workshops to enable parents to assist their children in achieving academic success. The involvement of mentors in these programs is highly encouraged.
  3. Regents Research Fund Professional Learning Community (PLC) and/or DTSDE Certification program; and
  4. Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation internship activities at Reward Schools for student and cooperating teachers from Focus and Priority Schools.

See application for additional information on allowable activities.

Please Note: There is no carryover for these funds.  All activities must be encumbered during the project period below. Funds under this grant may not be used for construction, renovation, furnishings, or acquisition of technology.

All Focus Districts must submit their 2014-15 DCIP and SCEPs to NYSED and post them on their district web site by July 31, 2014.   Applications will be accepted from eligible districts that have received NYSED Office of Accountability approval for an extension to submit their plans, but funding will not be approved until the required plans have been received.

Additional information regarding district and school improvement requirements under the ESEA Flexibility waiver may be found at:


Grant/Project Period

September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015

Application Deadline

Applications must be postmarked by August 15, 2014.

11/21/14 NOTE: Applications or declinations have now been received from all eligible districts.  Districts with approved grants only need to submit a FS-10A form with the Revised Program Narrative Chart & Revised Allocation Chart to add new activities and access all available funds.  Forms for additional allocation must be postmarked by January 30, 2015.

Budget Amendment Deadline

All budget amendments are subject to review and approval.  Amendments must be postmarked by June 30, 2015.  Amendments must be submitted with sufficient time for review of any new activities.  Amendments to adjust costs for approved activities or adjust fund codes can be accepted at any time during the project period; however supplies exceeding 10% of an activity cost always require a full review and must be submitted by June 30, 2015.  Late amendments will not be accepted.

Submission Instructions

Please Note: This is district grant.  Do not submit an application for individual schools.

A complete application consists of one original bearing the original signature of the Superintendent and one electronic copy (email to SIGA@mail.nysed.gov) including the following:

  • Cover page (with original signature)
  • Title I School Improvement Grant Allocation Chart
  • Title I School Improvement Grant Program Narrative Chart(s)
  • Assurances and Certification Regarding Lobbying, etc.
  • FS-10 Budget (with original signature)                                                          
  • Form available at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/cafe/forms/

11/21/14: A revised application consists of the following:

  • Title I School Improvement Grant Allocation Chart
  • Revised Title I School Improvement Grant Program Narrative Chart(s)
  • FS-10A Budget Amendment (with original signature)     


Send the completed application to:

Attn: Title I School Improvement, 1003(a) Application
New York State Education Department
Title I School & Community Services, Room 368 EBA
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234

Send an electronic copy to SIGA@nysed.gov.

Please include your DISTRICT NAME in the subject line of all e-mail submissions. 

For additional information or assistance please contact:

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Last Updated: December 23, 2014