School Improvement Grant (SIG) Waiver Requests

Request to Extend Availability of Federal FY-12 School Improvement Grant (SIG) Funds

School Improvement Grants (SIG), authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), are grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) that SEAs use to make competitive subgrants to local educational 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 substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

The New Jersey Department of Education is soliciting comments on its request to the United States Department of Education to waive section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) to extend the period of availability of FY-12 SIG carryover funds for the SEA and all of its LEAs to September 30, 2016.  The funds will be used for continuation awards to Cohort 3 schools.

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Opportunity to Comment on Launch of New Cohort of School Improvement Grant (SIG) recipients This memorandum provides information regarding a waiver request to use Federal FY14 funds to launch a new cohort of School Improvement Grants in 2016-17.

Opportunity to Comment on Waiver Request Memo

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ESEA Waiver Application

ESEA Waiver Renewal Application

The New Jersey Department of Education is soliciting comments regarding its U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) Waiver Renewal Application. The Renewal Application requires New Jersey to build on its Waiver Extension Form that is linked below.

NJ 2015 Waiver Renewal Application (PDF)

ESEA Waiver Renewal Application – Request for Comments

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ESEA Flexibility Waivers

Below is the approved New Jersey Waiver and the approved Waiver Extension.


ESEA Flexibility-Rewards Schools


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