Sorry for the delay in bringing you more detail on that new, national database on schools identified as eligible for a piece of the $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement Grants.
Here is an analysis that Annenberg researchers and a new coalition called the Communities for Excellent Public Schools put together based on the more than 2,100 schools that states have slated for possible turnaround. The analysis also includes the entire lineup of the Tier I and Tier II low-performing schools that states have identified.
A few key findings, most of which won’t surprise anyone: Nationally, 81 percent of students in SIG-eligible schools are minority students—black students represent 44 percent and Hispanic students represent 32 percent. The analysis says that 69 percent of students in SIG-eligible schools are poor (defined by eligibility for free-and reduced-price lunch) compared with 43 percent of students attending the rest of the schools in the nation. And more than 60 percent of the students attending these schools are concentrated in nine states: California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The analysis includes several short case studies of schools too.
A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.