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Targeted/Additional Targeted Support & Improvement


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state educational agencies to determine school eligibility for targeted support and improvement (TSI) and additional targeted support and improvement (ATSI).

Please note, California has not made school eligibility determinations for TSI. Once more information on TSI eligibility determinations is available, this web page will be updated accordingly.

Schools that meet the criteria for ATSI must collaborate with educational partners to develop and implement a school-level plan to improve student outcomes.

Public Release of the Data File for Schools that Meet the Criteria for Support and Improvement in 2019–20
California Department of Education (CDE) 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
CDE 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 and Exit

The CDE will use the California School Dashboard (Dashboard) to determine school eligibility for and exit from TSI and ATSI. Title I and non-Title I schools are eligible for TSI and ATSI.

ATSI Eligibility and Exit Criteria

Schools that are not eligible for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) and have one or more student group(s) that meet(s) any of the following criteria based on two years of Dashboard data will be eligible for the ATSI. Please note, the color combination of a student group(s) that leads to school eligibility for ATSI does not have be the same for both years.

California’s approved ESSA State Plan provides the criteria by which schools are eligible for ATSI:

  • Student group with all red indicators (a student group must have at least two indicators with color-coded performance levels to qualify under this criterion).

  • Student group with all red but one indicator of any other color.

  • Student group with five or more indicators where the majority are red.

  • Student group with all red and orange indicators.

The CDE first determined school eligibility for ATSI in the 2018–19 school year using the 2017 and 2018 Dashboards. School eligibility was again determined in the 2019–20 school year using the 2018 and 2019 Dashboards to incorporate results of the English Learner Progress Indicator and to align with the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) cycle.

For specific ATSI eligibility and exit criteria, please reference the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Dashboard Technical Guides:

School Eligibility Data Files

ESSA Assistance Status Data Files

For information related to eligibility criteria of the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools for CSI, visit the CSI web page.

Program Requirements

School Plans

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 additional targeted support and improvement planning

  • Allows single school districts and charter schools to utilize the Local Control and Accountability Plan (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..

Additional Targeted Support and Improvement

California will notify each local educational agency (LEA) in the State of any school served by the LEA, in which any subgroup of students is consistently underperforming.

Upon notification by the State, the LEA is required to:

  • Provide notification to such school with respect to which student group or student groups in such school are consistently underperforming

  • Approve and monitor implementation of each school plan

  • Take additional action following unsuccessful implementation of such school plan after a number of years determined by the LEA

Upon notification by the LEA, the school is required to collaborate with educational partners to:

  • Develop and implement a school-level plan to improve student outcomes

    The school plan must:

    • be based on indicators in the statewide accountability system and informed by all indicators, including student performance against long-term goals; and

    • identify resource inequities, which may include a review of LEA- and school-level budgeting, to be addressed through implementation of the school improvement plan.

Additional Information

LCAP and SPSA instructions for TSI and ATSI are located on the LCAP Web page.

ESSA funding is not available for LEAs that serve schools that meet the criteria for TSI or ATSI.

Technical Assistance

For questions regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on ATSI, please visit the CDE Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and ATSI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (New 24-Jan-2022) web page 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 general questions regarding ATSI, please see the FAQs located below or contact the SISO by email at SISO@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-319-0833.

For questions regarding the eligibility criteria and determinations for ATSI, please contact the Measurement and Technical Analysis Unit by email at AAU@cde.ca.gov.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

ATSI Program Questions

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  1. Which schools are eligible for ATSI?

    All schools (traditional, charter, Dashboard Alternative School Status [DASS], Title I, and non-Title I) with two years of California School Dashboard outcomes that meet the relevant ATSI criteria are eligible for support from the local educational agency. It is important to note that schools must be active in the year that eligibility is determined for ATSI.

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

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

  3. How will the CDE determine school eligibility and exit for ATSI?

    The CDE will use the California School Dashboard (Dashboard) state indicators to determine school eligibility and exit for ATSI. Schools with one or more student groups that, for two consecutive years, meet the same criteria used to select not less than the lowest-performing five percent of Title I schools, will be eligible for ATSI. Please note, the color combination of a student group(s) that leads to school eligibility for ATSI does not have be the same for both years.

    California’s approved Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan provides the criteria by which schools are eligible for ATSI:

    • Student group with all red indicators (a student group must have at least two indicators with color-coded performance levels to qualify under this criterion).

    • Student group with all red but one indicator of any other color.

    • Student group with five or more indicators where the majority are red.

    • Student group with all red and orange indicators.

    For more specific ATSI eligibility and exit criteria, please reference the following FAQs and Dashboard Technical Guides:

  4. 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 ATSI would not be eligible for comprehensive support and improvement or TSI at the same time.

  5. How often is school eligibility determined for ATSI?

    The CDE first determined school eligibility for ATSI in the 2018–19 school year using the 2017 and 2018 California School Dashboards (Dashboard). School eligibility was again determined in the 2019–20 school year using the 2018 and 2019 Dashboards to incorporate results of the English Learner Progress Indicator and to align with the LCAP cycle.

    As the timeline to determine school eligibility for ATSI evolves, additional information will be provided.

  6. Which student groups and indicators will the CDE use to determine school eligibility for ATSI?

    The following student groups will be used to determine school eligibility for ATSI based on student group performance:

    • Black/African American

    • American Indian

    • Asian

    • English Learner

    • Filipino

    • Foster Youth

    • Hispanic

    • Homeless Youth

    • Two or More Races

    • Pacific Islander

    • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged

    • Students with Disabilities

    • White


    State indicators from the California School Dashboard (Dashboard) are used to make school assistance eligibility and exit determinations. Refer to the following Dashboard Technical Guides and COVID-19 Accountability FAQs to identify the indicators used in a given year.


  7. How will a school be notified that it is eligible for ATSI?

    California will notify each local educational agency (LEA) in the State of any school served by the LEA, in which any subgroup of students, on its own, would lead to identification for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) low performing status.

    Upon notification by the State, the LEA is required to:

    • Provide notification to such school, in which any subgroup of students, on its own, would lead to identification for CSI.

  8. What requirements apply to local educational agencies (LEAs) with schools eligible for ATSI?

    For single school districts utilizing the LCAP to meet federal school planning requirements for ATSI, any changes made to the goal, expected outcomes, metrics, or actions and services shall meet the ATSI planning requirements. ATSI 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 ATSI 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.”

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

  9. Are ESSA, Section 1003 funds available to support schools eligible for ATSI?

    ESSA, Section 1003 funds are not available to support ATSI activities.

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