The Title I, Part A, Section 1003(a) School Improvement funds provide financial resources to LEAs on behalf of schools identified as CSI or ATSI. School improvement funding supports the identified needs outlined in the school’s improvement plan.
Funds are awarded to districts on behalf of the identified schools. Though the LEA acts as the fiscal agent, 1003(a) funds support the identified school(s) and may not be used to fund activities in non-identified schools.
Funds are utilized to support goals/priorities identified in the schools' implementation plans.
Funds must be expended in alignment with the reporting, monitoring, and level of evidence as defined by ESSA.
Interventions supported with Section 1003(a) School Improvement funds must be based on strong, moderate, or promising evidence of a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other relevant outcomes, as defined in ESEA section 8101(21)(A)(i).
MSDE will hold two customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the application process. The sessions will be on:
Tuesday, November 14, 202310:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Video Call Link
Thursday, November 16, 20231:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Video Call Link
MSDE program staff will also be available to provide customer service throughout the grant application process.
In addition to the customer service sessions, MSDE will hold three scheduled office hours for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will answer questions and offer additional support to applicants regarding the application.
Tuesday, November 28, 20231:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Click Here to Join
Tuesday, December 5, 20231:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Click Here to Join
Tuesday, December 12, 20231:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Click Here to Join
November 9, 2023Grant application period opens.
December 15, 2023The grant application period closes
December 18, 2023
MSDE will begin reviewing complete applications on a rolling basis.
January 12, 2024MSDE will complete notifying applicants of the award status.