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Comprehensive Support and Improvement


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state educational agencies to determine school eligibility for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI). Local educational agencies (LEAs) with schools that meet the criteria for CSI must partner with stakeholders to locally develop and implement a plan to improve student outcomes.

The county office of education (COE) also plays a role in providing technical assistance and support to LEAs within its county that serve schools that meet the criteria for CSI.

Public Release of the Data File for Schools that Meet the Criteria for Support and Improvement in 2019–20
Correspondence sent to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the eligibility of schools for support and improvement in 2019–20.

Public Release of the Data File for Schools that Meet the Criteria for Support and Improvement in 2018–19
Correspondence sent to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the eligibility of schools for support and improvement in 2018–19.

School Eligibility

Criteria

California will use the California School Dashboard (Dashboard) to determine school eligibility for CSI. School eligibility is based on the following two categories of schools:

  1. Low graduation rate

    • High schools with a graduation rate less than 67 percent averaged over two years (Based on 2018 Dashboard)

    • High schools with a graduation rate less than 68 percent averaged over two years (Beginning with 2019 Dashboard; Adopted by the State Board of Education on September 11, 2019)

  2. Not less than the lowest-performing five percent of Title I schools

    • Schools with all red indicators
    • Schools with all red but one indicator of another color
    • Schools with all red and orange indicators
    • Schools with five or more indicators where the majority are red

Data Files

ESSA Assistance Status Data Files

Additional Information

2019 California School Dashboard Technical Guide (PDF; 3MB)
Pages 178 through 185

2018 California School Dashboard Technical Guide (PDF; 3MB)
Pages 143 through 145

Program Requirements

School Plans

School planning and LEA assistance for each school that meets the criteria for CSI will be incorporated into the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and school planning processes.

Assembly Bill 716 External link opens in new window or tab., signed by the Governor on September 18, 2018, and codified in the California Education Code sections 64001–65001, streamlines and aligns state and federal planning processes. Effective January 1, 2019, this law renames the Single Plan for Student Achievement to the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). Additionally, the law contains the following key provisions:

  • Allows the SPSA to meet ESSA requirements for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement planning

  • Allows single school districts and charter schools to utilize the LCAP to serve as the SPSA, provided that the LCAP meets the ESSA school planning requirements and the stakeholder requirements established in subdivision (a) of Section 52062 External link opens in new window or tab.

In addition, LEAs with schools that meet the criteria for CSI will complete the CSI prompts located in the Plan Summary of the LCAP.

Federal planning requirements are established in the California Education Code Section 64001 External link opens in new window or tab. and the 2019 LCAP Template (DOCX).

Federal Requirements

Section 1111(d) of the ESSA requires the State to notify each LEA that serves schools that meet the criteria for CSI.

Upon receiving notification from the State, and in partnership with stakeholders and for each school that meets the criteria, the LEA shall:

  • Locally develop and implement a plan for the school to improve student outcomes

  • Approve each plan

    The Plan must:

    • Be informed by all State indicators, including student performance against State-determined long-term goals;

    • Be based on a school-level needs assessment;

    • Include evidence-based interventions; and

    • Identify resource inequities, which may include a review of LEA- and school-level budgets, and address those inequities through implementation of the plan.

Additional Information

LCAP and SPSA instructions for CSI are located on the LCAP web page.

Funding

Local Educational Agencies

The ESSA provides resources and assistance to LEAs to improve student achievement and outcomes in schools that meet the criteria for CSI.

Eligibility

LEAs with schools that meet the criteria for CSI are eligible to receive funding.

Data Files

ESSA Assistance Status Data Files

Fiscal Information

CSI LEA Fiscal Information

Application for Funding

CSI LEA Application for Funding

Related Content

ESEA of 1965 as amended by ESSA in 2015 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 3MB)

County Offices of Education

Consistent with the system of support goal to build the capacity of LEAs to support their schools, the California Budget Act appropriates ESSA funding to COEs for the purpose of supporting the statewide system of technical assistance and support for LEAs within its county that serve schools that meet the criteria for CSI.

Eligibility

A COE with at least one LEA in its county that serves schools that meet the criteria for CSI is eligible to receive funding.

Data Files

ESSA Assistance Status Data Files

Fiscal Information

CSI COE Fiscal Information

Application for Funding

CSI COE Application for Funding

Related Content

ESEA of 1965 as amended by ESSA in 2015 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 3MB)

Technical Assistance

For questions regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on CSI please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below or contact the School Improvement and Support Office (SISO) by email at SISO@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-319-0833. The coronavirus FAQs will be updated as more information becomes available and decisions are finalized.

For questions regarding the eligibility criteria for CSI, please contact the Data Visualization and Reporting Office, by email at lcffessadata@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-322-3245.

For questions regarding the CSI funding application process, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact the School Improvement and Support Office by email at SISO@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-319-0833.

For information regarding the Local Control and Accountability Plan and school planning processes, please contact the Local Agency Systems Support Office by email at LCFF@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-323-LCFF (5233).

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus Pandemic and its Impact on CSI Questions

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  1. Are CSI grant timelines being extended for fiscal year (FY) 2018 grants?

    On April 22, 2020, the United States Department of Education (ED) approved California’s waiver under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Section 8401(b). Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) extends the period of availability of FY 2018 funds for programs in which the State Educational Agency (SEA) participates under its approved consolidated State plan until September 30, 2021.

    As a result, the FY 2018–2019 CSI grant period ends September 30, 2021. Subrecipients now have an additional 12 months in which to expend FY 2018 CSI funds. New FY 2018–2019 reporting requirements and due dates for LEAs are located on the CSI LEA Grant Reporting Requirements web page. New FY 2018–2019 reporting requirements and due dates for COEs are located on the CSI COE Grant Reporting Requirements web page.

    FY 2018 ESSA CSI plan implementation timelines have been expanded to allow the LEA to continue implementing its 2019–2020 CSI plan in the 2020–2021 school year. As noted above, the period of availability of FY 2018 CSI funds has been waived to allow the LEA to continue using its FY 2018 CSI funds to implement its CSI plan through September 30, 2021. It is the expectation that the LEA will revise its 2019–2020 CSI plan, as is reasonable/practicable/necessary, to ensure that the school continues to receive the supports and interventions consistent with its CSI plan in the 2020–2021 school year.

  1. Are CSI grant timelines being extended for FY 2019 grants?

    The FY 2019–2020 ESSA CSI LEA and COE grant periods began March 25, 2020, and will end September 30, 2021. The first apportionment is based on an approved application for funding. The CDE processed the first apportionment of 25 percent of each LEA’s and COE’s total allocation in April 2020. Final FY 2019–2020 allocations for LEAs are located at the LEA Funding Results web page. Final FY 2019–2020 allocations for COEs are located at the COE Funding Results web page.

    Subsequent apportionments are based on claimed expenditures less prior cumulative payments and will follow scheduled reporting due dates that are established throughout the grant period. Due to school closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the CDE adjusted the FY 2019–2020 ESSA CSI reporting requirements and due dates. Adjusted FY 2019–2020 reporting requirements and due dates for LEAs are located on the CSI LEA Grant Reporting Requirements web page. Adjusted FY 2019–2020 reporting requirements and due dates for COEs are located on the CSI COE Grant Reporting Requirements web page.

    The CDE is working with the State Board of Education (SBE) and the ED to expand the timeline to develop the 2020–2021 CSI plans. This would allow LEAs with more time to partner with stakeholders to develop their 2020–2021 CSI plans prior to beginning implementation. The Federal Waiver on Assessment and Accountability, located at https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/es/documents/covid19waiverresponse.pdf, that was granted to California on March 27, 2020, requires California to assure that any school that is identified for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement will maintain that identification status in the 2020–2021 school year and continue to receive supports and interventions consistent with the school’s support and improvement plan in the 2020–2021 school year.

    An LEA with schools identified on the 2018 Dashboard that did not exit with the 2019 Dashboard may revise, as is reasonable/practicable/necessary, its 2019–2020 CSI plan to be implemented in the 2020–2021 school year. An LEA with a school identified on the 2019 Dashboard that was not identified on the 2018 Dashboard will need to develop a 2020–2021 CSI plan to be implemented in the 2020–2021 school year.
  1. May FY 2018 CSI funds be used to support CSI planning activities for schools that are newly identified on the 2019 Dashboard?

    No, FY 2018 CSI funds are allocated to LEAs with schools identified on the 2018 Dashboard and must be used to continue to implement CSI plans for those identified schools to improve student outcomes in those schools. The LEA may not reduce its FY 2018 Funding Plan to reallocate FY 2018 CSI funds across school identification cycles.

  1. Will my LEA still be required to report FY 2018 CSI expenditures through September 30, 2021?

    Yes, the LEA is required to submit FY 2018 CSI expenditures in order for the CDE to continue to distribute the LEA’s allocation through the end of the grant period. The FY 2018 ESSA CSI LEA grant reporting due dates have been adjusted to accommodate the extended period of availability to September 30, 2021. The SISO is in the process of building out another 12 months of reporting requirements in the Grant Management and Reporting Tool (GMART) through September 30, 2021. This requirement also applies to the FY 2018–2019 ESSA CSI COE grants. New FY 2018–2019 reporting requirements and due dates for LEAs are located on the CSI LEA Grant Reporting Requirements web page. New FY 2018–2019 reporting requirements and due dates for COEs are located on the CSI COE Grant Reporting Requirements web page.

  1. Do I need to wait until September 30, 2021, to close out my FY 2018 ESSA CSI grant?

    No, the LEA or COE, respectively, may close out its FY 2018–2019 ESSA CSI grant once it has expended all of its FY 2018 CSI funds. In this case, the LEA/COE should liquidate its funds within 90 days of reporting final expenditures. However, the LEA/COE may request and receive an extension of the liquidation period, including up to 90 days of the close of the grant period, if needed. Please contact the SISO by email at SISO@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-319-0833 for assistance in closing out the FY 2018 subgrant.

  1. Does the waiver of Section 421(b) of the GEPA include FY 2019 CSI funds?

    No, the waiver of Section 421(b) of the GEPA only applies to FY 2018 CSI funds. FY 2019 CSI funds are currently set to end September 30, 2021. Should this timeline change, the CDE will communicate the information and provide guidance.

    The CDE has adjusted the grant reporting due dates for the new FY 2019–2020 ESSA CSI grants to provide subrecipients with additional time to report expenditures throughout the established grant period. It is anticipated that the CDE will host a webinar in August/September 2020 to review reporting requirements and apportionment timelines for the FY 2019–2020 ESSA CSI grant funds. Adjusted FY 2019–2020 reporting requirements and due dates for LEAs are located on the CSI LEA Grant Reporting Requirements web page. Adjusted FY 2019–2020 reporting requirements and due dates for COEs are located on the CSI COE Grant Reporting Requirements web page.

  1. Is CSI waived for the 2019–2020 school year?

    No, CSI is not waived for 2019–2020 school year. It is the expectation that LEAs and COEs will continue with their CSI work as much as is reasonable/practicable/necessary. LEAs and COEs are encouraged to think creatively and innovatively about how to accomplish school improvement work under the shelter-in-place order and to leverage local decision making about what is best for its learning community and how to continue to provide supports and interventions consistent with the LEA’s CSI plan.

  1. Do schools identified for CSI in January 2020 still have to complete a School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)?

    Schools identified for CSI in January 2020 are required to develop a CSI plan. Schools operating a Title I, Part A schoolwide programcan maintainthe use of the SPSA to meet both schoolwide and CSI planning requirements.

    While there is no statutory deadline/timeline for development and approval of Title I, Part A schoolwide plans, CDE’s guidance has been for CSI plan development and approval to be conducted prior to the start of the school year so that implementation of the CSI plan can begin by the first day of the school year. The CDE continues to work with the SBE and ED on an adjusted 2020–2021 CSI Plan development and implementation timeline. The table below describes the proposed adjusted timeline to develop and implement the 2020–2021 CSI plan for schools identified with the 2019 Dashboard:

    March 2020
    to
    September/October 2020
    October 2020/
    November 2020
    December 2020/
    January 2020
    CSI Plan Development Activities School and LEA CSI Plan Approval/Adoption CSI Plan Implementation Begins

    The goal of the adjusted timeline is to provide maximum flexibility with CSI planning requirements while ensuring that schools continue to receive the resources, interventions, and supports needed to address student needs.As more information becomes available, the CDE will provide additional guidance to the LEA.

    Additional questions regarding the SPSA can be sent to LCFF@cde.ca.gov and questions regarding CSI plans can be sent to SISO@cde.ca.gov.
  1. Is there any information on the SPSA, specifically for single school districts using the LCAP serving as the SPSA?

    Currently, there are no plans to waive or make changes to any language that would prohibit single school districts and charter schools from using the LCAP as the SPSA to meet federal school planning requirements.

    Statute requires schools operating Title I, Part A schoolwide programs to develop a SPSA annually with the Schoolsite Council (SSC) and receive approval by the local governing board. However, it does not provide a specific timeline as to when this development and approval must occur.The development and approval timeline for a SPSA remains a local decision based on what is best for the school and local community. Please email LCFF@cde.ca.gov with additional questions regarding the SPSA or the LCAP.

  2. Do LEAs have spending flexibility with their CSI funds? For example, can the LEA use CSI funds for summer learning activities?

    The ESSA allows flexibility for the LEA in determining the CSI interventions/strategies/activities that best meet the needs of their students and learning community. In addition, the ESSA requires that CSI plans are evidence-based and that the selected interventions/strategies/activities match the identified needs and address the reason/s/ for identification. If, for example, the LEA determines that a summer learning program meets the requirements described above, and related expenditures are reasonable, necessary, allowable, and allocable, then CSI funds could be used for the summer learning program, as long as expenditures fall within the grant period timelines described below. Furthermore, CSI funds can only be used to improve outcomes in schools identified for CSI.

    FY 2018–2019 ESSA CSI grants (for schools identified with the 2018 Dashboard) began March 18, 2019, and will end September 30, 2021 (see GEPA waiver information in question number 1 above). All FY 2018 funds must be fully expended/obligated by the end date and liquidated within 90 days, thereafter. FY 2019–2020 CSI grants (for schools identified with the 2019 Dashboard) began March 25, 2020, and will end September 30, 2021. All FY 2019 funds must be fully expended/obligated by the end date and liquidated within 90 days, thereafter.

    The ED’s Non-Regulatory Guidance: Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments, located at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/guidanceuseseinvestment.pdf, provides helpful guidance regarding selecting and implementing evidence-based interventions/strategies/activities.

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CSI Program Questions

  1. What is General Assistance?

    General Assistance refers to the support available for all LEAs and schools within Level 1 of California’s system of support. For more information on Level 1, please see the Levels of Support on California’s System of Support web page.

  2. Which schools are eligible for CSI?

    All schools (traditional, charter, Dashboard Alternative School Status [DASS], Title I, and non-Title I) that meet the relevant criteria for CSI are eligible for support from the LEA. It is important to note that schools must be active in the year that eligibility is determined for CSI.

  3. Are Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) schools with fewer than 100 students exempted from implementation of CSI activities?

    DASS schools with fewer than 100 students are not exempted from implementation of CSI activities. However, those schools have flexibility within the school planning process to focus on the Dashboard state indicators that are more appropriate to the nature of their program.

  1. Which criteria will the California Department of Education (CDE) use to determine school eligibility for CSI?

    The CDE will use the California School Dashboard (Dashboard) to determine school eligibility for CSI. All high schools, including Title I, non-Title I, traditional, and Dashboard Alternative School Status are eligible.

    School eligibility is based on the following two categories of schools as outlined in California’s approved ESSA State Plan:

    1. Low graduation rate

    • High schools with a graduation rate less than 67 percent averaged over two years (Based on 2018 Dashboard)

      • For 2018–19 eligibility, this determination is based on the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018.

    • High schools with a graduation rate less than 68 percent averaged over two years (Beginning with 2019 Dashboard; Adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) on September 11, 2019)

      • For 2019–20 eligibility, this determination is based on the graduating classes of 2018 and 2019.

    1. Not less than the lowest-performing five percent of Title I schools

    • Schools with all red indicators
    • Schools with all red but one indicator of another color
    • Schools with five or more indicators where the majority are red
  2. Can schools be eligible for more than one ESSA school support category at a time?

    Support categories are hierarchical; therefore, schools can only be eligible for one support category at a time.

    • For example, a school that meets the criteria for CSI would not be eligible for TSI or ATSI at the same time.
  3. How often is school eligibility for CSI determined?

    The CDE will first determine school eligibility for CSI in the 2018–19 school year using the 2018 Dashboard. The school eligibility process for CSI occurs once every three years. As the school eligibility process for CSI evolves, additional information will be provided.

  4. Which indicators will the CDE use to determine school eligibility for CSI?

    The following 2018 Dashboard state indicators will be used to determine school eligibility for CSI in the 2018–19 school year:

    • High schools with a graduation rate less than 67 percent averaged over two years
      • Graduation Rate Indicator

    • Not less than five percent of the lowest-performing Title I schools
      • Academic Indicator (reported separately for English language arts/Literacy (ELA) and mathematics assessments)
      • Graduation Rate Indicator
      • Suspension Rate Indicator
      • Chronic Absenteeism Indicator
      • College/Career Readiness Indicator

      The following 2019 Dashboard state indicators will be used to determine school eligibility for CSI in the 2019–20 school year:

    • High schools with a graduation rate less than 68 percent averaged over two years (Adopted by the SBE on September 11, 2019)
      • Graduation Rate Indicator

    • Not less than five percent of the lowest-performing Title I schools
      • Academic Indicator (reported separately for English language arts/Literacy [ELA] and mathematics assessments)
      • Graduation Rate Indicator
      • Suspension Rate Indicator
      • Chronic Absenteeism Indicator
      • College/Career Readiness Indicator
      • English Learner Progress Indicator (“Very Low” Status only; Adopted by the SBE on November 6, 2019)
  5. When will the CDE first notify LEAs of school eligibility for CSI?

    LEAs with schools eligible for CSI in the 2018–19 school year will be notified in January 2019. School eligibility for CSI in the 2018–19 school year is based upon state indicator data from the 2018 Dashboard.

    The CDE will use the 2019 Dashboard to select additional schools that meet the criteria for CSI in order to align school eligibility for CSI with the Local Control and Accountability Plan cycle.

    As the school eligibility process for CSI evolves, additional information will be provided.
  6. What requirements apply to LEAs with schools that meet the criteria for CSI?

    Upon receiving notification from the CDE, the LEA shall, for each school eligible for CSI, and in partnership with stakeholders, locally develop and implement a plan for the school to improve student outcomes. For more information, please see the Program Requirements tab on the CDE CSI web page.

  7. How are federal and state planning requirements aligned?

    Assembly Bill (AB) 716, signed by the Governor on September 18, 2018, and codified in Education Code (EC) 64001–65001, streamlines and aligns state and federal planning processes. Effective January 1, 2019, this law renames the Single Plan for Student Achievement to the School Plan. Additionally, the law contains the following key provisions:

    • It allows the School Plan to be used as the improvement plan for CSI, TSI, and ATSI under the ESSA.
    • It allows single school districts and charter schools to utilize the LCAP to serve as the School Plan, provided that the LCAP meets the federal school planning requirements and the stakeholder requirements established in subdivision (a) of Section 52062.


    In addition, LEAs with schools that meet the criteria for CSI will complete the CSI prompts located in the Plan Summary of the LCAP. 

    School Plan and LCAP federal planning instructions are located on the CDE LCAP web page.
  8. If an LEA chooses to use ESSA, Section 1003 funding for CSI activities to meet its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals, is it required to report those funds in the LCAP?

    If ESSA, Section 1003 funds are used to implement actions and services to meet an articulated goal related to CSI activities in the LCAP, those funds must be included in the LCAP.

    LCAP instructions for CSI are located on the LCAP web page.

  9. Can charter schools and single school districts use their LCAP instead of the School Plan to meet federal planning requirements?

    Effective January 1, 2019, AB 716, codified in EC 64001(j), states that “[s]ingle school districts and charter schools may utilize the LCAP to serve as the School Plan, provided that the LCAP meets federal school planning requirements and the stakeholder requirements….” Charter schools and single school districts may use their LCAP planning process and stakeholder engagement requirements, or they may utilize the School Plan and establish a School Site Council (SSC) to meet the federal planning requirements. Note: This law does not change the requirement of a school with 21 or more students to have an English learner advisory committee.

    LCAP and School Plan instructions for CSI are located on the LCAP web page.

  10. Do single school districts and direct-funded charter schools using the LCAP to meet CSI planning requirements need to complete the CSI prompts in the LCAP Plan Summary?

    Single school districts and direct-funded charter schools do not need to complete the first CSI prompt (“Schools Identified”) in the LCAP Plan Summary. However, although the second and third CSI prompts (“Support for Identified Schools” and “Monitoring and Evaluating Effectiveness”) in the LCAP Plan Summary are not phrased for single-school districts and direct-funded charter schools, completing those prompts is still required.

    A single school district submits its LCAP to its county office of education for approval, as usual. A direct-funded charter school is required to submit its LCAP Plan Summary with the completed CSI prompts to the county office of education in the county in which the charter school resides for approval of the CSI prompts.

    LCAP instructions for CSI are located on the LCAP web page.

  1. For single school districts and charter schools that use the LCAP in place of the School Plan, what does it mean to have an LCAP that meets federal CSI planning requirements?

    For single school districts utilizing the LCAP to meet federal school planning requirements for CSI, any changes made to the goal, expected outcomes, metrics, or actions and services shall meet the CSI planning requirements. CSI planning requirements are listed under each section of the Instructions. For example, as a result of the Annual Update, if changes are made to a goal(s), see the Goal section for CSI planning requirements.

    Single school districts and charter schools using the LCAP in place of the School Plan shall include evidence-based interventions in the LCAP sections titled “Planned Actions/Services,” “For Actions/Services Not Contributing to Meeting the Increased or Improved Services Requirement,” “For Actions/Services Contributing to Meeting the Increased or Improved Services Requirement,” and “Actions/Services.”

    In the “Budgeted Expenditures” section of the LCAP, single school districts and charter schools utilizing the LCAP to meet federal school planning requirements shall identify CSI funding as the funding source for each proposed expenditure, as applicable.

    LCAP and School Plan instructions for CSI are located on the LCAP web page.
  2. What is the county office of education role with charter schools that meet the criteria for CSI?

    Charter schools eligible for CSI will complete the CSI prompts in the Plan Summary section in the LCAP. The charter school will submit only the Plan Summary section of the LCAP to the County Superintendent of Schools of the county in which the charter school resides for review and approval of only the CSI prompts within the Plan Summary of the charter school’s LCAP.

  3. What does a review of resource inequities include?

    The ESSA states that resource inequities may include a review of LEA- and school-level budgets. The LCAP process should allow LEAs to review a variety of data to identify, diagnose, and address sources of inequity to inform improvement decisions.

  4. Are schools with an N-size less than 30 eligible for CSI?

    Schools with an N-size less than 30 may be eligible for CSI. N-size refers to the total enrollment of students at the school.

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CSI Funding Questions (LEA)

  1. What resources and assistance are available to support schools that are eligible for CSI?

    The ESSA requires that the State annually reserve seven percent of its Title I, Part A allocation for school improvement. Of the seven percent that the State is required to reserve, not less than 95 percent of those funds will be distributed on the basis of a formula to LEAs with schools that are eligible for CSI.

    The LEA must use ESSA, Section 1003 funds to locally develop and implement a plan in each school eligible for CSI to improve student outcomes. The School Plan, formerly the Single Plan for Student Achievement or SPSA, and the LEA Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) will be used to meet CSI planning requirements. Improvement interventions and strategies must align to the goals, actions, and services identified in the LEA LCAP.

    School Plan and LCAP federal planning instructions are located on the CDE LCAP web page.

    LEA allocations are based on California’s Title I, Part A yearly allocation and are contingent upon California budget authority.

  2. Are charter schools eligible for ESSA, Section 1003 funding?

    All LEAs with schools eligible for CSI are eligible to receive ESSA, Section 1003 funding. California’s ESSA State plan defines the LEA as a county office of education, school district, and direct-funded charter school.

  3. If an LEA chooses not to apply for ESSA, Section 1003 funding, must it meet the statutory requirements for CSI?

    If the LEA chooses not to apply for ESSA, Section 1003 funding, the LEA and its schools are still required to meet the statutory requirements for CSI. Per subsection (1) of Section 1111(d) of the ESSA, LEAs with schools eligible for CSI must partner with stakeholders to develop and implement a plan to improve student outcomes in those schools.

    It is advantageous for the LEA to apply for ESSA, Section 1003 funding in order to receive additional resources and assistance to meet the ESSA plan development and implementation requirements.

  4. How does the California Department of Education (CDE) allocate ESSA, Section 1003 funds to eligible LEAs?

    The CDE awards ESSA, Section 1003 funds on the basis of a formula. LEAs with schools that are eligible for CSI will receive an allocation based on the total number of schools eligible for CSI, statewide.

  5. Which LEAs are eligible to receive ESSA, Section 1003 funding for CSI?

    LEAs with schools that meet the criteria for CSI are eligible to receive ESSA, Section 1003 funding.

  6. Is an application required to receive ESSA, Section 1003 funding for CSI?

    Section 1003(e) of the ESSA requires that an LEA shall submit to the State an application for ESSA, Section 1003 funding in order to receive an allocation. The 2018‒19 ESSA CSI LEA Application for Funding will be made available in February 2019 and cover a grant period from March 18, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Future applications for ESSA, Section 1003 funding will follow CSI school eligibility timelines that are determined by California’s Accountability and Continuous Improvement System.

  7. Will the State hold a competition for LEAs to receive ESSA, Section 1003 funding?

    The State will not hold a competition to determine ESSA, Section 1003 funding to LEAs. The State will allocate ESSA, Section 1003 funding on the basis of a formula to eligible LEAs that submit an approvable application.

  8. Will an LEA with schools eligible for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) or Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) receive ESSA, Section 1003 funding?

    Only LEAs with schools that meet the criteria for CSI are eligible to receive ESSA, Section 1003 funding.

  9. The Legislature determined that ESSA, Section 1003 funds cannot be used to hire additional permanent staff. What makes a staff member permanent versus non-permanent?

    The legislative intent was not to “add an FTE” with ESSA, Section 1003 funding. Because this funding ends with each grant period, the LEA and its schools should not add a position that would not be sustainable in the absence of ESSA, Section 1003 funds.

  10. If an LEA plans to close a school that is eligible for CSI after it has received its ESSA, Section 1003 allocation, does the LEA have to return all or part of its allocation?

    If an LEA plans to close a school after it has received its ESSA, Section 1003 allocation, then it must contact the CDE as soon as possible and provide the CDE with the date of the school closure. The CDE will then determine when the grant will be closed out, final expenditures submitted, and whether the LEA must return all or part of its allocation.

    Funds for CSI shall only be used for allowable expenditures, including expenditures related to School Plan development and implementation activities designed to improve student outcomes and shall not be used to support school closure activities.

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CSI Funding Questions (COE)

  1. What support will the COE be required to provide to LEAs with schools eligible for CSI?

    COEs that have LEAs within their county that serve schools eligible for CSI are required to:

    • Support LEAs to meaningfully address the CSI prompts in the Plan Summary of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) related to CSI activities.
    • Review and approve the CSI prompts in the LEA LCAP Plan Summary.


    Instructions for the LCAP CSI prompts are located in the 2019 LCAP template found on the CDE LCAP web page.

    Consistent with California's System of Support to help LEAs and their schools meet the needs of each student they serve, with a focus on building local capacity to sustain improvement and to effectively address disparities in opportunities and outcomes, COEs may use its ESSA funding to:

    • Build LEA capacity to support their schools through meaningful engagement in the school improvement planning and implementation processess.
    • Provide technical assistance and support to LEAs related to CSI plan development and implementation activities.
  2. Which COEs are eligible to receive funding to support CSI activities within their county?

    A COE with an LEA or LEAs within its county with schools eligible for CSI is eligible to receive funding.

  3. How does the California Department of Education (CDE) allocate funds to COEs?

    Eligible COEs will receive an allocation based on the total number of schools that meet the criteria for CSI, statewide.

  4. Is an application required for COEs to receive funding for CSI activities?

    Eligible COEs must submit an application for funding. The 2018‒19 ESSA CSI COE Application for Funding will be made available in February 2019 and cover a one-year grant period from March 18, 2019 to February 29, 2020.

    Future applications for funding will follow CSI eligibility timelines that are determined by California’s Accountability and Continuous Improvement System.

  5. Will the CDE hold a competition for COEs to receive funding?

    The CDE will not hold a competition to determine allocations for COEs. The State will make awards on the basis of a formula to eligible COEs.

  6. Can funding that the COE receives to support CSI activities be used to support TSI or ATSI activities?

    Funding that the COE receives to support CSI activities can only be used to support CSI activities. Additional funding is not available to support TSI or ATSI activities.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, July 9, 2020
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