School Improvement and Support

The Division of School Improvement and Support at the TEA is responsible for the state-level administration of school improvement programs (SIP) under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Division provides statewide leadership for:

The ESEA of 1965 was first passed by Congress as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The most recent reauthorization amending ESEA is the NCLB Act of 2001. The primary function is to close the achievement gap between groups of students by requiring greater accountability and offering increased flexibility and choice. NCLB affects almost every school district and charter school in the state.

    School Improvement Information

    This section includes the different grants available for the school year 2013-2014.

    ESEA Flexibility Principle 2: Priority, Focus, and Reward Schools

    The U.S. Department of Education invited each state educational agency (SEA) to request flexibility regarding specific requirements of the NCLB Act of 2001 in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction. The TEA's ESEA flexibility request was approved on September 30, 2013.


    TEA distributes SIG grants to LEAs for use in Title I Priority or Focus schools that demonstrate the greatest need for and strongest commitment to use the funds. LEAs must use funds to provide adequate resources to close achievement gaps and exit priority or focus status.  

    The TTIPS Grant Program is funded by the federal NCLB Section 1003(g) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Section 1003(g) SIG appropriations. Campus eligibility for the program is defined in the U.S. Department of Education Final Regulations released Dec. 3, 2009, and amended by the 2010 Appropriations Act.

    Historical SIP Information

    Title I, Part A, Section 1116 SIP provides supplemental funds to Title I campuses identified for school improvement by failing to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive years. Campuses use funds to implement their campus' revised campus improvement plan, which incorporates strategies based on scientific research that have the greatest likelihood of enabling participating children to meet the state's student performance standards. LEA's must provide students attending Title I low-performing schools the option to transfer to another public school within the district.


    For additional information, please contact:

    Division of School Improvement and Support
    1701 North Congress Avenue
    Austin, TX 78701