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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.

Note: Information regarding the Application for Funding, ESSA Assistance Data file, Frequently Asked Questions, and other related resources will be added to this web page as they become available.

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. High schools with a graduation rate less than 67 percent averaged over two years

    • All high schools, including Title I, non-Title I, traditional, and Dashboard Alternative School Status are eligible.

  2. Lowest-performing 5 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

Additional Information

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 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.

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 (coming soon).

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 budgeting, and address those inequities through implementation of the plan.

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.

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 are eligible to receive funding.

Related Content

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

Questions:   School Improvement and Support Office | SISO@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0833
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
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