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System of Support

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System of Support

California's system of support is a key aspect of California's accountability and continuous improvement system. The goal of the system of support is to help local educational agencies (LEAs) and their schools meet the needs of each student they serve.

LEAs Eligible for Assistance

California's accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a three-tiered system:

  • General assistance – resources and assistance that is made available to all local educational agencies
  • Differentiated assistance – local educational agencies that meet certain eligibility criteria for additional support
  • Intensive Intervention – local educational agencies with persistent performance issues over a period of time

The eligible criteria for differentiated assistance for local educational agencies (excluding-charter schools) are:

Please note that charter schools are not eligible for differentiated assistance for the 2022–23 school year.

LEAs Eligible for Assistance Data File

The data files for LEAs eligible for assistance can be accessed on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) web page.

Schools Eligible for Assistance

Schools are eligible for assistance under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The two categories for ESSA assistance are:

  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)
  • Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI)

Comprehensive Support and Improvement

The California School Dashboard (Dashboard) is used to determine schools eligible for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI). CSI has the following two categories of schools:

  • Low Graduation Rate
  • Low Performing

Schools with a three-year graduation rate average below 68 percent are eligible for CSI – Low Graduation.

After schools are determined eligible for CSI – Low Graduation Rate, school eligibility for CSI – Low Performing is determined from the pool of remaining Title I schools. The criteria outlined below will only apply for 2022–23 CSI – Low Performing eligibility determinations. California will identify not less than five percent of Title I schools for CSI – Low Performing using the following hierarchical criteria:

  • Schools with all indicators at the lowest status level
  • Schools with all indicators at the lowest status level but one indicator at another status level
  • Schools with five or more indicators where the majority are at the status lowest level 

Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI)

The student groups used for ATSI are:

  • Race/ethnicity (i.e., Black/African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Filipino, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, White, and two or more races)
  • Homeless Students
  • English Learner Students
  • Foster Youth Students
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students

ESSA Assistance Eligibility Status Data Files

The ESSA Assistance Eligibility Status data files can be accessed on the ESSA Assistance Status Data Files web page.

Dashboard Technical Guide

More detailed information on how California determines LEAs and schools eligible for assistance can be accessed here:


Local Control Fundng Formula (LCFF) Criteria for Differentiated Assistance (PDF)

2019 Dashboard Technical Guide (PDF)

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
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