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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 2021–22.

Program Description

The Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) program, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, 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. In 2021, California received a federal waiver and was not required to report performance levels (or colors) on the 2021 California School Dashboard. Because these data are not available, determination of exit from the CSI–Lowest Performing Schools is not possible. Therefore, schools designated in either category in 2019–20 remain in place through 2021–22. However, LEAs were required to report graduation rate data which California used to determine if those schools designated as CSI–Low Graduation Rate in 2019–20 were eligible to exit. Schools with a three-year (i.e., 2018–19, 2019–20, and 2020–21 school years) average graduation rate at or above 68 percent exited the CSI–Low Graduation Rate Schools category.

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 FY 2021–22, as identified in the 2021–22 ESSA Assistance Status spreadsheet located on the CDE ESSA Assistance Status Data File web page. The CSI LEA final allocation for FY 2021–22 is based on a rate of $207,483 per eligible school.

The first apportionment is 25 percent of the total LEA allocation and is based on an approved 2021‒22 ESSA CSI LEA Application for Funding in which the LEA has accepted CSI funds. Subsequent apportionments for each subgrant 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; assurances, certifications, and terms and conditions of the subgrant can be found in the FY 2021–22 ESSA CSI LEA Application for Funding. Information pertaining to approved indirect cost rates for FY 2021–22 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 S010A210005. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance subprogram number is 84.010A (Title I Grants to LEAs). The funding is appropriated in Provision 6 of Schedule (2) of Item 6100-134-0890 of the Budget Act of 2021 (Chapter 21, Statutes of 2021), as amended by Senate Bill 170 (Chapter 240, Statutes of 2021). 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 subgrant award period, July 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022, shall remain available for obligation for an additional period of 12 months, through September 30, 2023.

The project period for the 2021‒22 ESSA CSI LEA subgrant began on March 14, 2022, and ends on September 30, 2023. All FY 2021‒22 funds must be expended by September 30, 2023, 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: Monday, June 06, 2022
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