P.O. BOX 2120



April 22, 2005



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Announcement of Award Opportunity for a Comprehensive School Reform Grant (CSR), Title

I, Part F, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001


The Department of Education is pleased to announce a sixth round of competitive grants under the United States Department of Educations Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) program. The purpose of the grant initiative is to provide financial incentives for whole-school reform, specifically in high-poverty schools that are not succeeding in effectively teaching all children.


Eligible Applicants: Eligible for Comprehensive School Reform funding are schools that meet the division and school criteria listed below.


Division Criteria:

The school must be located in a school division that has, based on the 2003-2004 Standards of Learning assessments, the following:


1)  Sixty (60) percent to 100 percent of its schools warned under the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia(SOA) and

2)  Sixty (60) percent to 100 percent of its schools not making adequate yearly progress (AYP) in reading (English/language arts) or mathematics or both reading and mathematics



School Criteria:

1) The school did not make AYP in:

a)  Reading (English/language arts)or

b)  Mathematics or

c)  Both reading and mathematics

2) The school must be accredited with warning.


Priority will be given to schools with the lowest AYP performance (all students or by subgroups) in reading (English/language arts) and mathematics. Priority will also be given to schools that did not make AYP in both reading (English/language arts) and mathematics and are warned in English/language arts or mathematics or both. Successful applicants will receive a maximum annual award of $300,000, renewable for two additional years, provided federal funds are available.


School Reform Models. Eligible schools that have been identified as those among the lowest performing schools will receive special assistance from the Department of Education in selecting an appropriate model. Applicants are encouraged to examine Appendix A, which contains four research-based models or concepts that have gained national recognition or that have proven successful in Virginia schools.


The Department of Educations Technical Assistance Resource Document, Models/Programs That Include Instructional Methods That Have Proven to be Successful with Low Achieving Students, may also be used. This document can be found at


Conditions for Awarding CSR Grants. The conditions for awarding CSR grants are:

(1) Implementing reforms based on scientifically-based research components and effective practices. These components can be found in Attachment B.

(2) Agreeing to undergo an end-of-year student achievement evaluation review before approval for second- and third-year funding.

(3) Consenting to receive regular monitoring visits by technical assistance providers to assist with program implementation.

(4) Sending a school team to the Department of Educations CSR professional development trainings throughout the grant period.


Required Training for Applicants. A required technical assistance session will be provided for all potential applicants. The superintendent, a representative of the central office elementary or secondary instructional team, the Title I coordinator, the school principal, and a lead teacher should attend the training. The training will focus on the procedure for applying for CSR funds.

The training will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2005, from

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sheraton Park South, 9901

Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, Virginia 23235. The

Department of Education will provide lunch and breaks.

On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. Directions to the

hotel can be found at us/va/richmond/sheraton_park_south_hotel.


Registration Information. Registration will be managed by the Outreach Program Services at Virginia Tech. Attachment C contains a registration form to be returned by fax on or before May 12, 2005, to Nancy Rakes, conference registrar, at Virginia Tech. Her fax number is (540) 231-3306. If for any reason attendance plans change, please contact Ms. Rakes ( at (540) 231-2922.


Application Submission. The grant application packet will

be available at the workshop. Applications must be received

at the Department of Education by 4 p.m., Friday, June 17,



If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Martha Chacon-Rodriguez, CSR specialist, at or (804) 371-2932.