The content of SASA‟s monitoring is based on States‟ responsibilities to provide guidance and support to LEAs and schools based on the requirements of the ESEA. Monitoring States‟ implementation of programs administered by SASA means closely examining State policies, systems, and procedures to ensure LEA and school compliance with statutes and regulations.
The SIG monitoring procedures and protocols will concentrate on the following indicator areas: application process, technical assistance, monitoring process, fiscal responsibilities, data collection, and implementation.
ED uses monitoring indicators to determine the degree of implementation of Federal programs and activities administered by SEAs.
(SASA) 2010 - 2011 Monitoring Plan for School Improvement Grants (SIG) October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
Monitoring the implementation of Federal programs and the use of Federal program funds is an essential function of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). This document, designed for the 2010-2011 school year, describes the purpose, rationale, and process used by the Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (SASA) office in monitoring the use of Title I, section 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds by State educational agencies (SEAs), which are interchangeably referred to as “SEAs” or “States” throughout this document. For fiscal year (FY) 2009, $3.5 billion was (appropriated or available) to States for SIG, and $545 million was provided for FY 2010.
The SIG program, authorized under section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended, provides grants to SEAs that States use to make competitive sub-grants 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. Under the final requirements published in the Federal Register in October 2010, SIG funds are to be focused on each State‟s “Tier I,” “Tier II,” and “Tier III” schools.