RFP Number: TA-11

1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG)



Under New York State Education Department’s approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver, the state’s persistently lowest-achieving schools are identified as Priority Schools and may also be placed under registration review (SURR), pursuant to Commissioner’s regulation 100.18. As a result, Priority Schools, with the support of the larger district and school-community, have an opportunity to develop and implement a whole-school change model with the goal of achieving dramatic school-level achievement gains such that the school is in good academic standing within three years.


The primary purpose of the SIG is to provide Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with an opportunity to support the implementation of a whole-school change model in its Priority Schools. This grant allows for three models to do so: School Turnaround, School Restart and School Transformation. In certain cases the LEA, in collaboration with the local community, may conclude the best option for its students is to close the existing school and transfer students to existing higher achieving options within the district. A secondary purpose of the SIG is to support this closure process. The requirements and parameters set forth in this Request for Proposals (RFP) will serve as the quality standard for an approvable SIG plan. LEAs will be expected to fully implement the SIG plan in its funded Priority Schools through available resources including, but not limited to the SIG. The SIG plans in this RFP must be designed to meet one of the following four intervention models:

  • Turnaround

    Replace the principal and at least half the staff as part of the process of phasing out and replacing the school with a new school(s) or completely redesigning the school.
  • Restart

    Convert the school to a charter school, replace the school with a new charter school that will serve the students who would have attended the public school, or contract with an Educational Partner Organization (EPO), such as a local Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), institution of higher education, or other non-profit partner organization as identified in Education Law 211-e, to govern and manage the Priority School and its implementation of the SIG plan.*
  • Transformation

    Requires replacement of the principal, but without the requirement to replace at least half the staff. Rather, the implementation of approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans would serve as the basis for rewarding effective teachers and removing ineffective teachers after ample professional development opportunities.
  • Closure

    Close the school and enroll the students who attended the school in higher achieving schools in the LEA. School closure and the transfer of students in this model occurs in one year or less, plus a 5-month pre-implementation period.

The four intervention models identified are consistent with Commissioner’s regulations §§100.2(p)(10)(iv) and 100.18 and the United States Department of Education’s requirements for SIG funding. In addition, the parameters of the SIG plan set forth in this application are directly aligned with United States Secretary of Education’s seven (7) turnaround principles. Coupling these intervention model requirements with the Secretary’s turnaround principles, and the design elements of high quality schools provides a framework for bold and dramatic school change. Specific requirements for each model are identified in subsequent sections of this RFP.

* Any conversion of an existing public school to a charter school, or any new charter that will replace a Priority School must be consistent with the provisions of Article 56 of the NYS Education Law, "The New York State Charter Schools Act of 1998," and all subsequent amendments to that statute.


This grant is open to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with one or more eligible Priority Schools. An eligible Priority School is a Priority School that the LEA has designated as implementing a whole-school change model beginning in 2013-2014, that is not currently receiving nor has previously received a SIG 1003[g] or a School Innovation Fund (SIF) grant. For each eligible Priority School proposing to implement a Turnaround, Restart, or Transformation model, LEAs are eligible for up to S4.5 million for the full grant term that includes three years of implementation and a 5-month pre-implementation period. For applications proposing to implement a Closure model plan, LEAs are eligible for up to $300,000 dollars for the full grant term that includes a one-year closure period and a 5-month pre-implementation period. LEAs may submit multiple applications in response to this RFP, however; only separate and complete applications for each eligible Priority School will be accepted. Charter schools identified under the State accountability system are not eligible for award to implement a whole-school change model.  New charter applicants/schools partnering with a district to replace an identified Priority School may receive SIG funding as new replacement schools under Turnaround and Restart models.

A full list of Priority Schools is available at:


Estimated funds available:$250,000,000
Estimated number of awards:60

* Awards will be made subject to the availability of funds and approval of the NYSED SEA SIG application by the US Department of Education.

Project Period

For applications proposing to implement a Turnaround, Restart, or Transformation model, the full project period for this grant is three years, plus a required 5-month pre-implementation period prior to the start of year one. Continuation funding after each period of the project is contingent upon progress toward meeting achievement goals, leading indicators, fidelity of implementation of required model actions, and maintenance of all grant requirements.

Turnaround, Restart, and Transformation Model Project Period

Pre-implementation Period

April 1, 2013, to August 31, 2013

Year One Implementation Period

September 1, 2013, to August 31, 2014

Year Two Implementation Period

September 1, 2014, to August 31, 2015

Year Three Implementation Period

September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2016

For applications proposing a Closure model, the full project period will be one year, plus an additional 5-month pre-implementation period. There are no continuations past the year one implementation period for the Closure model.

Closure Model Project Period

Pre-implementation Period

April 1, 2013, to August 31, 2013

Year One Implementation Period

September 1, 2013, to August 31, 2014

Application Deadline and Submission Requirements

Letter of Intent

LEAs should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) designating the specific identified schools for which applications will be submitted, identifying the intervention models being proposed for each school. The LOI should be submitted electronically through the Review Room Portal available at the following link: https://nysed-schoolturnaround.myreviewroom.com/. The LOI should be received through Review Room by January 11, 2013. (Note: The LOI is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application due date. NYSED encourages all prospective applicants to submit an LOI in order to ensure appropriate resources are available for a timely and thorough review and rating process.)

Full Application Submission

Complete applications must be submitted electronically through the Review Room portal available at the following link: https://nysed-schoolturnaround.myreviewroom.com/. In addition, one original application plus one hardcopy must be mailed by postal service to:

New York State Education Department
Contracts Administration Unit, 505 W EB
89 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12234
Attn: Nell Brady, RFP # TA-11

Complete hardcopy applications must be postmarked by January 25, 2013, and electronic copies must be submitted through the Review Room portal no later than 3:00pm on January 25, 2013.

Review Room Electronic Submission Portal

The electronic Review Room submission portal https://nysed-schoolturnaround.myreviewroom.com/ will be live and accessible with instructions to applicants on December 21, 2012. If there are any technical questions regarding electronic submission through the Review Room portal, you must contact Tracy Farrell at tfarrell@mail.nysed.gov.

Additional Information

  • A pre-recorded applicant informational webinar is posted below.

    1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) Webinar from EngageNY on Vimeo.

    If you have trouble viewing the embedded webinar above, you may download the video here Video icon (MP4, 184.2MB)

  • The period for content questions is now closed. Please refer to the Questions and Answers PDF icon (116 kb) document for answers to questions received. Questions about the RFP application process may still be directed to SIGAPP2013@mail.nysed.gov.

  • Technical questions related to submission through the electronic portal can be submitted at any time and must be directed toward Tracy Farrell at tfarrell@mail.nysed.gov.


Original RFP Posting Date: November 27, 2012

Back to top

The New York State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services and activities.  Portion of any publication designed for distribution can be made available in a variety of formats, including Braille, large print or audiotape, upon request.  Inquiries regarding this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Department’s Office for Diversity, Ethics, and Access, Room 530, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234.

Last Updated: February 7, 2014 1:40 PM