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Title I Part A: School Improvement

Title I Priority Schools

Under Utah’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, USOE 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. USOE 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 Priority Schools are eligible for both competitive School Improvement Grants (SIG) and non-competitive Title I School Improvement Grants.

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

Required Priority School Improvement Process and Documents

Title I Priority Schools must have a school appraisal conducted by a USOE-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 USOE on a quarterly basis. All required documents, appraisal tools, and information about this process is contained the School Support Team Handbook.

USOE Approved School Support Team Members (2016)

USOE Desktop Monitoring Instrument (DMI)

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

Title I Focus Schools

Under Utah’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver, USOE 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.

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

Required Focus School Improvement Process and Documents

Title I Focus Schools must have a school appraisal conducted by a USOE-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 USOE on a quarterly basis. All required documents, appraisal tools, and information about this process is contained the School Support Team Handbook.

USOE Approved School Support Team Members (2016)

USOE Desktop Monitoring Instrument (DMI)

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

Competitive School Improvement Grants (SIG)

SIG, authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the 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.

SIG Schools Cohorts 1-4

Utah LEA Application (2014)

Utah SIG Application (2014)

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

Title I Reward Schools

Under Utah’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver, Utah was to identify its Title I Reward Schools. The USOE 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. USOE recognized 48 Title I schools for their outstanding performance.

2015 

2014 

2013 

2012

National Title I 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. USOE 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

School Improvement Resources

The Center on School Turnaround (CST)

U.S. Department of Education

Utah Consolidated Application (UCA)

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

Contact Information

Dr. Rebecca Donaldson
Coordinator
(801) 538-7869 | rebecca[dot]donaldson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)

Dr. Max Lang
Education Specialist
(801) 538-7725 | max[dot]lang[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)

Jeff Ojeda
Education Specialist
(801) 538-7945 | jeffrey[dot]ojeda[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)

Becky Peters
Executive Secretary
(801) 538-7712 | becky[dot]peters[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)