The Success for All Foundation closely monitors the changes in federal policy that will have an impact on the use of research-proven programs in schools. Currently, one key program is poised to create dramatic changes in the field in which we work.
School improvement grants (SIG) are available for schools that score in the lowest 5% on their state tests. Until now, schools have had to use SIG funds in one of four models: transformation, turnaround, closure, and restart. However, in the new draft regulations that were issued on 9/9/2014 [http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-08/pdf/2014-21185.pdf], three new models became available. One of these allows schools to adopt a proven, whole-school-reform model, while keeping current staff in place. We are confident that schools will be able to adopt Success for All using this model (eligible programs will be announced in the coming months).
The new whole-school-reform model requires that schools adopt a program that has been successfully evaluated in at least two studies that meet tough What Works Clearinghouse standards. The programs also must serve every child and have standards and supports for instruction and learning, school leadership, student nonacademic issues, and family and community engagement. However, a school that chooses this option does not need to fire its principal or do other things that SIG requires in its four original or two new models.
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