School Improvement & Support (SIS)

The purpose of improvement planning is to increase the quality of the student experience through teaching and learning. The Improvement Plan provides the framework for analyzing problems, identifying underlying causes, and addressing instructional issues in a schools or districts that have not made sufficient progress in student achievement.

The Improvement Plan should embody a plan that is comprehensive, highly structured, and focused primarily on the school's instructional program. The plan should incorporate strategies based on scientifically based research that will strengthen the core academic subjects in the school and address the specific academic issues that caused the school to be identified for school improvement.

The WISE Tool

The WISE Tool is an online system for Improvement Planning. Improvement Plans are to be written based on existing funds available to the school. They should provide clear direction as to how the school will address the areas for which Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) was not met.

On April 21, 2015, Idaho’s Flexibility 1 Year Waiver was renewed. As part of the Waiver, new Priority and Focus schools were identified to the U.S. Department of Education by January 31, 2016. Part of this renewal authorized the Idaho State Department of Education to pause the Accountability System that Idaho was using. Currently the SDE is working on a new Accountability System that is due March 31, 2016.

For these reasons, school districts in Idaho are not required to write new School Improvement Plans for the 2015-2016 school year. However school districts are expected to ensure that schools in School Improvement continue implementing the 2014-2015 School Improvement Plan for the 2015-2016 school year. Schools should revise as necessary to include on-going and most recent data.

1003(a) School Improvement Grant (SIG), is a one year grant awarded to Title I Priority and Focus Schools. 1003(a) funds will be awarded to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) on behalf of these low-performing Title I-served schools. These funds are designed to support school improvement plans that take a new, innovative and systemic approach to improving student achievement and school quality.

1003(a) funds are designed to support school improvement plans that take a new, innovative and systemic approach to improving student achievement and school quality. As such, the plan must fulfill each of the United States Department of Education’s “Turnaround Principles” and thus may not be repurposing of prior years’ school improvement plans. Only applicants that clearly demonstrate how their school improvement plan completely and effectively fulfills each of the Turnaround Principles and that has a high likelihood of leading to increased student learning will be considered for funding.

School Improvement Grants (SIGs) are grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to State Education Agencies (SEAs) under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Title I or ESEA). The SEAs, in turn, award competitive subgrants to Local Education 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 the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

The SIG program reflects the federal government's prioritization of the lowest-achieving public schools. As outlined in the SIG regulations, the U.S. Department of Education has articulated very specific parameters regarding the approaches states and districts are to use to drive dramatic improvement. As outlined in the law, when awarding competitive subgrants to districts, states must “give priority to the local educational agencies with the lowest-achieving schools that demonstrate:

  1. the greatest need for such funds; and
  2. the strongest commitment to ensuring that such funds are used to provide adequate resources to enable the lowest-achieving schools to meet the goals under school and local educational improvement, corrective action, and restructuring plans under section 1116.”


Idaho Building Capacity (IBC) webpage link

IBC Webpage

Idaho Principal Network (IPN) webpage link

IPN Webpage

Idaho Superintendent Network (ISN) webpage link

ISN Webpage