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CSI LEA – Apportionment Overview

Information relating to the apportionment of Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) funds to local educational agencies (LEA) for fiscal year 2019–20.

Program Description

The Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) program, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (Public Law 114–95), apportions funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) to improve student outcomes in schools that meet the criteria for CSI. As a condition of funding, the LEA must partner with stakeholders, including school principals and other school leaders, teachers, and parents to locally develop and implement a plan for the school to improve student outcomes. School planning and LEA support and assistance for each school receiving comprehensive support is incorporated into the Local Control and Accountability Plan and School Plan for Student Achievement processes.

Allocations and Apportionments

Under the ESSA, the California Department of Education (CDE) must identify schools in need of additional assistance based on various criteria. This requirement went into effect for the first time in 2018–19. Schools were again identified for CSI in January 2020 based on the 2019 California School Dashboard. Schools are eligible for CSI if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Graduation rate below 68 percent, or
  • Not less than the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools.

The allocation funding formula for this subgrant is based on the total number of schools eligible for CSI in fiscal year (FY) 2019–20, as identified in the 2019–20 ESSA Assistance Status spreadsheet located on the CDE ESSA Assistance Status Data File web page.

The first apportionment is 25 percent of the total LEA allocation and is based on an approved 2019‒20 ESSA CSI LEA Application for Funding in which the LEA has accepted CSI funds. Subsequent apportionments for each grant performance period are determined based on claimed expenditures reported by LEAs in the Grant Management and Reporting Tool less prior cumulative payments.

For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 3182, Unrestricted: Locally defined, and Revenue Object Code 8290, All Other Federal Revenue.

Additional information such as school eligibility, program requirements, school support resources, and Frequently Asked Questions are located on the CDE CSI web page. Information such as the subgrant description; statutory authority; allowable and disallowable activities and costs; and assurances, certifications, and terms and conditions of the subgrant can be found in the FY 2019–20 ESSA CSI LEA Applications for Funding. Information pertaining to approved indirect cost rates for FY 2019–20 is located on the indirect cost rates web page.

Grant Award Identification

The United States Department of Education (ED) grant award number for this funding is S010A190005. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance subprogram number is 84.010A (Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies). The funding is appropriated in Provision 6 of Schedule (2) of Item 6100-134-0890 of the Budget Act of 2019 (Chapter 23, Statutes of 2019). The California sub-allocation (pass-through) number is Program Cost Account (PCA) 15438.

Applicable Rules and Regulations

This subgrant is subject to the provisions of Title I and Title VIII of the ESSA, as applicable, and the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) (Public Law 103–382). This subgrant is also subject to 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 200; the Education Department General Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR, Parts 76 (except for 76.650–76.662, Participation of Students Enrolled in Private Schools), 77, 81, and 82; 2 CFR, Part 3485; the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR, Parts 200 and 3474.

Grant Award Period and Special Rules

Under the federal Tydings Amendment, Section 421(b) of the GEPA, any funds that are not obligated at the end of the federal funding period, July 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020, shall remain available for obligation for an additional period of 12 months, through September 30, 2021. Pursuant to authority under ESEA Section 8401(b), CDE was granted a federal funding flexibility waiver of Section 421(b) of the GEPA. This waiver extends the period of availability of fiscal year 2019–20 funds from September 30, 2021, to until September 30, 2022.

The project period for the 2019‒20 ESSA CSI LEA subgrant began on March 25, 2020, and ends on September 30, 2022. All FY 2019‒20 funds must be expended by September 30, 2022, and legally obligated within the dates designated and must not exceed the maximum amount allocated to the LEA. No extensions or carryover of this subgrant are allowed.

Pursuant to 2 CFR, Section 200.305(b)(9), interest earned amounts up to $500 per year may be retained by the non-Federal entity for administrative expense. Any additional interest earned on Federal advance payments deposited in interest-bearing accounts must be remitted annually. LEAs should forward interest payments for remittance to the ED to:

California Department of Education
Cashier’s Office
P.O. Box 515006
Sacramento, CA 95851

To ensure proper posting of payments, please indicate the program’s PCA number (PCA 15438), and identify the payment as “Federal Interest Returned.”


Program Questions:School Improvement and Support Office, email:

Fiscal Questions:Categorical Allocations & Audit Resolutions Office, email:

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 07, 2022
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