The U.S. Department of Education announced today the release of additional data from School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools for the 2010-11 school year. For the first time, the department is publicly releasing data on the following leading indicators of school improvement for SIG schools: student attendance, teacher attendance, advanced course-taking, and minutes in the school year at the school level.
The SIG program is a key component of the department's blueprint for helping states and districts turn around the nation's lowest-performing schools. Under the Obama administration, more than 1,400 schools have implemented interventions aimed at improving schools that have often been struggling for decades.
This release continues the department's commitment to transparency of school-level data to better inform parents, community members, and the general public about changes in schools in their communities.
Today's announcement includes three components: a data file of the four leading indicators (detailed access instructions below); a national summary that includes those indicators, SIG high school graduation rates, and SIG demographic and data-reporting information; and state profiles that present data-reporting information, demographics, and summaries of leading indicators and previously released graduation rates and 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 assessment results.
The department plans to release later this year assessment and leading indicator data from the 2011-12 school year, and will analyze additional leading indicator data as they become available, along with assessment and graduation rate data, to develop a more complete picture of changes in SIG schools over time.
The department's national analysis of leading indicator data from the first year of SIG implementation shows some of the challenges that SIG schools face. For example:
In the 2010-11 school year, 62 percent of students graduated on time in SIG schools with available graduation rate data. SIG graduation rates were below 60 percent in 21 of 46 states with available data.
Students attended approximately 90 percent of school days in 2010-11 in SIG schools that submitted information. This means that based on a 180-day school year, students in SIG schools missed on average 18 days -- or five more days of missed school than the national average for all schools, from the most recent available data (collected in 2007-2008).
The national summary and state profiles also highlight the difficulties some states had in collecting and reporting the requested data. This was the first time the department has required states to report on the four leading indicators of student attendance, teacher attendance, advanced course-taking, and minutes in the school year at the school level. Among the state educational agencies (SEAs), 29 of 51 submitted timely, complete, and valid data for all indicators. Three SEAs submitted data that did not meet any of these criteria.
The data the department is releasing are reported to the department under the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, and are available at www.data.gov, the administration’s online site providing public access to high-value, machine-readable datasets generated by the executive branch of the federal government. New tables are being published as part of this release and may be accessed by visiting http://explore.data.gov.
**Detailed access instructions:
- Go to http://explore.data.gov
- Change the sort order to reflect "Newest" in the dropdown menu on the right.
- Using the filters on the left side of the screen, select "Education" under 'Categories'
- Today's release is called "Leading Indicators for the School Improvement Grant Program – SY2010-11"
- Users can also access the individual datasets directly using the following link: