A Portrait of School Improvement Grantees

Charts You Can Trust | April 26, 2011
Map of the United States highlighting school improvement grantees

In the last year, the federal government has invested $3.5 billion dollars in an effort to fix the nation's bottom 5 percent of public schools. In the coming months, it will roll out another $546 million dollars to do the same.The School Improvement Grant (SIG) program is the largest pot of federal funds ever aimed at improving a discrete set of the worst-performing schools.

SIG grantees are eligible for up to an unprecedented $6 million dollars per school over a three-year period. So far, 843 schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia have been selected as SIG grantees, and the combined grants are expected to serve 594,117 students. What do these schools look like? What reform models have they chosen?

A Portrait of School Improvement Grantees takes an early look at how the $3.5 billion has been allocated and how it is being used. For the first time, author Padmini Jambulapati has assembled publicly available data from a wide variety of sources to provide an in-depth look at the schools that received the SIG awards.

The information is available in an interactive map (below). Here, readers can sort by state, by school district, or by improvement model selected. Each dot on the map represents one school. Clicking on the dot calls up basic information—the school's location, population, and the total SIG funding awarded. There is also a link to the school's application for funding. For the first time, Education Sector is also offering readers the opportunity to download (click the magnifying glass below) and share all the data that provides the foundation for this report. So researchers, policymakers, or others interested in school reform can use the information compiled here for their own analysis.