Title I, Part A: School Improvement and School Turnaround

Overview

Under Utah’s Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, Utah State Board of Education (USBE) was required to identify the lowest-performing 5% of Title I schools as Title I Priority Schools. These schools are required to implement evidence-based turn-around strategies to improve student achievement. USBE identified 16 Title I schools as Priority Schools. Title I schools named as Utah’s Title I Priority Schools for school years 2015-2016 through 2016-2017 are listed below.

Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): School Improvement Systems of Support: 2017-2018 School Year 

Utah System of Support for School Improvement

Priority Schools

Title I schools named as Utah’s Title I Priority Schools for school years 2015-2016 through 2016-2017 are listed below. Title I Priority Schools are eligible for both competitive School Improvement Grants (SIG) and non-competitive Title I School Improvement Grants.

2017-2019

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

Required Process

Title I Priority Schools must have a school appraisal conducted by a Utah State Board of Education (USBE)-approved School Support Team, revise the Title I School Improvement Plan based on the appraisal results, implement the revised plan, and provide updates regarding implementation progress to USBE on a quarterly basis. All required documents, appraisal tools, and information about this process is contained the School Support Team Handbook.

2016 Handbook: Utah Title I System of Support for Priority and Focus Schools

USBE Approved School Support Team Members 2016

USBE Desktop Monitoring Instrument (DMI)

Focus Schools

Under Utah’s Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, Utah State Board of Education (USBE) was required to identify the next lowest-performing 10% of Title I schools as Title I Focus Schools. In addition, the ESEA Flexibility Waiver requires states to identify as Focus Schools any Title I high school with a 2-year average graduation rate less than 60%. Focus schools are required to implement Utah’s Title I School Improvement process to improve student achievement. Title I Focus Schools are eligible for both competitive SIG and non-competitive Title I School Improvement Grants. Utah at a minimum was to identify a total of 32 Title I Focus Schools, but will be serving 35 Title I Focus Schools. Utah’s Title I Focus Schools are listed below.

2017-2019

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

Required Process

Title I Focus Schools must have a school appraisal conducted by a USBE-approved School Support Team, revise the Title I School Improvement Plan based on the appraisal results, implement the revised plan, and provide updates regarding implementation progress to USBE on a quarterly basis. All required documents, appraisal tools, and information about this process is contained the School Support Team Handbook.

2016 Handbook: Utah Title I System of Support for Priority and Focus Schools 

USBE Approved School Support Team Members 2016

USBE Desktop Monitoring Instrument (DMI)

Competitive School Improvement Grants (SIG)

SIG, authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by No Child Left Behind (NCLB), are grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) that SEAs use to make competitive subgrants to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

Application for Fiscal Year 2014 New Awards Competition

Application for Fiscal Year 2014 New Awards Competition: Utah Local Education Agency (LEA)

Utah SIG Schools Cohorts 1-4

Utah’s Approved and Non-approved LEA SIG School Applications

2015 

Applications Awarded

Granite School District: 

Tooele County School District: 

Applications Not Approved

Dual Immersion Academy

San Juan District:

2014

SIG Awards

Applications Awarded

Granite School District:

Salt Lake District:

San Juan School District:

Applications Not Awarded

San Juan School District:

2012

SIG Awards

Applications Awarded

Davis School District:

Ogden School District:

Salt Lake School District:

San Juan School District:

Tooele School District:

Uintah School District:

Applications Unsuccessful

Carbon School District

Dual Immersion Academy

Granite School District

2010

Applications Awarded

Granite School District:

Ogden School District:

Salt Lake District:

San Juan District:

Applications Unsuccessful

Dual Immersion Academy

Pinnacle Canyon Academy

Uintah School District

Reward Schools

Under Utah’s Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, Utah was to identify its Title I Reward Schools. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) reviewed the State Federal Accountability Reporting System (SFAR) scores to identify those Title I schools that achieved the highest levels of student proficiency and those that achieved high levels of student growth. Title I Reward Schools are performing in the top 15% of Title I Schools in the state. USBE recognized 48 Title I schools for their outstanding performance.

2017

2015

2014

2013

2012

National Distinguished Schools

Each year, Utah has the opportunity to select two Title I Reward Schools to represent the State as National Title I Distinguished Schools. Utah State Board of Education (USBE) asks local superintendents and charter school administrators to nominate their Title I Reward schools for this honor. A selection committee reviews the nominations. The two identified schools are provided with a supplemental Title I grant to enable the school principal and a team of teachers from the school to travel to the National Title I Conference where they are recognized publically at an awards ceremony.

Utah National Distinguished Title I Distinguished Schools

Resources

2016 Handbook: Utah Title I System of Support for Priority and Focus Schools

School Improvement Grants
United States Department of Education

The Center on School Turnaround (CST)
WestEd

Contacts

Dr. Max Lang
Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7725 | E-mail 

Becky Peters
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7712 | E-mail

Leslie Evans
Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7851 | E-mail