ERIC Number: ED434458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Improvement Grants. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This report provides an overview of the federally funded State Improvement Grants (SIGs). Information was obtained from the 17 individual state profiles compiled for the Regional Resource Center Network SIG Report. Results of the analysis found: (1) 18 states were awarded SIGs in 1999 and the average SIG award was $1,002,949; (2) recruitment and retention of personnel is a goal or priority area in more than half of the funded states (n=11); (3) the most common product planned by 12 of the grantee states as a result of the grant is information about effective curricular and instructional practices that are research based; (4) multi-state credentialing is the most frequent interstate connection to be made during the 5-year SIG period; (5) states plan to implement innovative and diverse staff development activities including leadership institutes, training based on local needs assessments, symposiums, training linked to ongoing technical assistance, and new technology; (6) every grantee reported an informal or formal partnership between the state education agency and parent training and information centers; and (7) all grantees have some type of SIG advisory or oversight group that will also serve a partnership function. An appendix includes a list of states and award amounts. (CR)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Disabilities, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Staff Development, State Federal Aid, State Programs, Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act