February 25, 2014
Please visit the SIG webpage for more information: http://www.ok.gov/sde/school-improvement-grant-sig
This information will be in effect for the 2013-2014 school year only.
Effective immediately, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will not require schools identified for the first time as Priority Schools to offer school choice, notify parents, or reserve a percentage of the local educational agency’s (LEA’s) Title I, Part A allocation to support interventions or school choice.
However, for the 2014-2015 school year, LEAs must offer school choice for schools identified for the first time as Priority Schools during the 2013-2014 school year and other schools identified as Priority Schools during the 2014-15 school year. School choice requirements will require LEAs to:
(1) Any school that receives a grade of F; or
(2) Any school in the bottom 5% in each grade span for reading and mathematics that has not been named a high‐progress Reward School; or
(3) Any high school with a graduation rate below 60% for three consecutive years; or
(4) Any Priority School receiving School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds.
Receive an A, B, or C on the State’s A-F School Grading System. In addition, the school cannot be in the bottom 5% of performance in the state in reading and mathematics as defined in Section 2.D.i, and the school cannot have a graduation rate less than 60% for at least three years as defined in Section 2.D.i.
Definitions and exit criteria taken from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility waiver that was approved February 9, 2012.
The ESEA Flexibility Waiver requires that an LEA set aside five (5) percent of its Title I, Part A allocation, before any reservations, to provide Public School Choice. In addition, the LEA must set aside an amount up to 20 percent which is reasonable and necessary to implement the Turnaround Principles. Please refer to the Sliding Scale Guidance or contact the Title I office for more information at (405) 521-3466.
According to the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, the local education agency (LEA) is responsible for providing, or paying for the provision of, transportation necessary for students to attend their new school.
In some cases, an LEA may have no other schools available for transfer. This may occur if:
If another public school served by the LEA is not available, please refer to the designation for Priority and C3 Partnership form regarding approved strategies for meeting this requirement.
A site improvement plan must be developed and submitted to the Oklahoma State Department of Education that addresses the circumstances which caused the school to be designated as a Priority School.
To assist with developing the WISE Plan, the Office of School Turnaround has developed the following resources to be used:
For additional resources, please visit the WISE Webpage developed by the Office of School School Turnaround.
The ESEA Flexibility Waiver states that Priority Schools will be required to implement the Turnaround Principles. The Turnaround Principle - WISE Indicator Crosswalk shows how the 17 required WISE indicators align with the Turnaround Principles (not in C3S). By completing the WISE Plan, designated schools are also addressing the Turnaround Principles. Further review of the implementation of the Turnaround Principles will be completed each quarter by the assigned School Support Team Consultant.
The ESEA Flexibility waiver states that Priority schools will submit quarterly reports with school level data to the Oklahoma State Department of Education. This data collection is facilitated through the WISE Tool, under a tab labeled Complete Forms. Priority schools will complete the form labeled Priority and C3 Partnership Schools Designation Form.
The purpose of conducting Data Reviews is to analyze school benchmark assessment data at the student level in reading, mathematics, and other content areas and to analyze how performance relates to the state standards/Oklahoma Academic Standards. Other data to be reviewed may include student behavior and professional activities.