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2020–21 CSI Prompts 

Information and guidance on completing and submitting the 2020–21 Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Prompts for local educational agencies (LEAs) and county offices of education (COEs).

Background

Section 1111(d)(1)(B)(v) of the ESSA requires that the CSI plan be approved by the school, LEA, and State Educational Agency (SEA). For purposes of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the State Board of Education (SBE) serves as the SEA.

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) plays a key role in assisting the SBE in meeting its statutory obligation to approve CSI plans. In January 2019, the SBE took action to address federal school-level planning requirements through the local accountability planning process and school planning process to support the goal of streamlining state and federal accountability requirements. ​Three CSI Prompts were added to the Plan Summary of the LCAP to serve as the mechanism by which the SBE approves CSI plans.​

As a result of COVID–19, Senate Bill 98 External link opens in new window or tab. eliminated the LCAP for the 2020–21 school year. In order to meet CSI plan approval requirements, LEAs with schools identified for CSI on the 2019 California School Dashboard (Dashboard) are required to complete the 2020–21 CSI Prompts Form and submit to its COE for review and approval.

COEs that serve as an LEA with schools identified for CSI on the 2019 Dashboard and that would generally submit an LCAP to the California Department of Education (CDE) for review and approval, must complete and submit the 2020–21 CSI Prompts Form to the CDE for review and approval.

2020–21 CSI Prompts

Important Dates and Requirements

Activity Date

The 2020–21 CSI Prompts Form will be posted to the CDE CSI web page.

September 28, 2020
The CDE will host a Webinar to walk through the requirements for LEAs and COEs to complete and submit the 2020–21 CSI Prompts.
September 29, 2020

The LEA shall complete the 2020–21 CSI Prompts and submit to its COE for review and approval.

COEs that serve as an LEA for schools identified for CSI on the 2019 Dashboard and that would generally submit its LCAP to the CDE for review and approval, shall complete and submit the 2020–21 CSI Prompts Form to the CDE at LCAPreview@cde.ca.gov for review and approval.
By October 31, 2020
The CDE will provide to the COE a list of LEAs with schools eligible for CSI on the 2019 Dashboard within each county. The COE will use that list to identify LEAs with approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts.
Prior to December 1, 2020
The COE will email a list of LEAs with approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts to the CDE at LCAPreview@cde.ca.gov.
By December 1, 2020
At the January 2021 SBE meeting, the CDE will present the list of LEAs with approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts to the SBE for CSI plan approval.
January 2021

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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LEA

  1. In the previous year, LEAs with schools identified for CSI were required to complete the CSI Prompts in the Plan Summary of the LCAP. With the suspension of the LCAP for the 2020–21 school year, must the LEA complete the CSI prompts for the 2020–21 school year?

    Yes. LEAs with schools identified for CSI on the 2019 Dashboard must complete the 2020–21 CSI Prompts and submit to their COE for review and approval.

  1. What is the mechanism by which the LEA will complete and submit the 2020–21 CSI Prompts?

    The CDE has posted a fillable form for the 2020–21 CSI Prompts on this web page. For important due dates and requirements, please see the table above titled, Important Dates and Requirements.

  1. Must Charter schools identified on the 2019 Dashboard, also complete the 2020–21 CSI Prompts?

    Yes. Charter schools identified on the 2019 Dashboard must complete the 2020–21 CSI Prompts and submit the responses to the COE, in its county, which may or may not be its authorizer, for review and approval no later than October 31, 2020.

  1. What is the process for a COE that serves as an LEA with schools eligible for CSI on the 2019 Dashboard and that would generally submit its LCAP to the CDE for review and approval, to submit the 2020–21 CSI Prompts?

    A COE that serves as an LEA for schools identified for CSI on the 2019 Dashboard and that would generally submit its LCAP to the CDE for review and approval, shall complete and submit the 2020–21 CSI Prompts Form to the CDE at LCAPreview@cde.ca.gov for review and approval no later than October 31, 2020.

  1. Must an LEA’s 2020–21 CSI Prompts be approved/adopted at the local level prior to submitting to its COE for approval?

    While there is no state or federal statutory requirement for the approval/adoption of the 2020–21 CSI Prompts at the local level, the CDE recommends that the LEA utilize its local approval processes before submitting its responses to the COE for approval. In other words, the LEA has latitude to utilize its local policies, procedures, protocols, and existing stakeholder groups, including stakeholders used to develop the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan or other relevant stakeholders, to approve/adopt responses to their 2020–21 CSI Prompts.

  1. Can an LEA’s COE-approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts be used as its CSI Plan?

    No. The CSI Plan and the 2020–21 CSI Prompts are two separate documents that embody different requirements and are used for different purposes.

    • CSI Plans are informed by all State indicators, including student performance against State-determined long-term goals; are based on a school-level needs assessment; include evidence-based interventions; identify and address resource inequities; and must be approved/adopted by the school, LEA, and SBE.

    • The 2020–21 CSI Prompts serve as the mechanism by which the SBE approves CSI plans. The LEA uses the CSI Prompts to report to the SBE how it developed and is implementing and monitoring its CSI plans.

    In the prior year, and before COVID-19, the CSI Prompts were included in the Plan Summary section of the LCAP. Without an LCAP for the 2020–21 school year, the CSI prompts had to be removed from the LCAP and implemented through a separate process. It is anticipated that beginning with the 2021–2024 LCAP, the CSI Prompts will be incorporated back into the Plan Summary section of the LCAP.
  1. Must the LEA post to its web page its COE-approved responses to the 2020–21 CSI Prompts?

    While not required by state or federal statute, for transparency, the CDE strongly recommends that the LEA post its COE-approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts to the same web page that it posts its Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP), CSI plans, and/or other planning documents.

  1. What department or office within a COE should an LEA submit its 2020–21 CSI Prompts?

    The CDE does not have a requirement regarding the department or office within a COE to which the LEA should submit its 2020–21 CSI Prompts. The LEA should contact its COE to determine this information.

COE

  1. What is the process by which the COE will submit its list of LEAs with approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts?

    During the week of November 23, 2020, the CDE will begin to compile a list of LEAs with schools identified for CSI within each county and send that list to the COE, including instructions on how to report to the CDE the list of LEAs with approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts. The COE will use that list to identify LEAs with approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts. No later than December 1, 2020, the COE will email a list of LEAs with approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts to the CDE at LCAPreview@cde.ca.gov. This is the same process that was used in the prior year to approve CSI prompts for the 2019–20 school year.

    For COE questions regarding the process to report to the CDE the list of LEAs within a county with approved 2020–21 CSI Prompts, please send questions to LCAPreview@cde.ca.gov.

  1. Does the CDE have an evaluation tool or rubric to assist the COE in reviewing and approving an LEA’s responses to the 2020–21 CSI Prompts?

    The CDE does not provide an evaluation tool or a rubric for COEs to review and approve LEA responses to the 2020–21 CSI Prompts. In the CSI Prompts webinar, the CDE provided guiding questions that the COE can use in evaluating an LEA’s responses to the CSI Prompts. Also included on slides 35-39 of the webinar are links to resources that the COE can adopt or modify as it engages in the process of supporting LEAs and reviewing and approving their CSI Prompts. The webinar slide deck is located at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/sw/t1/csiprompts.asp.

Other

  1. Beginning with the 2021–22 school year, will the CSI Prompts remain a separate template or be addressed in the LCAP?

    The CSI Prompts will be addressed in the Plan Summary section of the 2021–22 LCAP.

  1. Are LEAs that only have schools identified for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement required to complete the 2020–21 CSI Prompts?

    No. Only LEAs with schools identified for CSI on the 2019 Dashboard are required to complete and submit to their COE for approval, the 2020–21 CSI Prompts.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, October 16, 2020
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