The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires the BIE and all 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 develop and implement a plan to improve student achievement outcomes.
Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Title I Schools* are schools that fall into one of the following two categories:
1. The Lowest 5-Percent of Academically Achieving Schools
CSI identified schools are those that are ranked according to three-year test averages in English Language Arts and Mathematics and are among the lowest performing schools that represent 5% of all schools eligible for identification. A school may exit CSI status if the school no longer meets the lowest 5% entrance criteria AND demonstrates an improvement in the overall state assessment score greater than or equal to 3% of the gap between the baseline state assessment score (the three-year average that led to the school’s identification) and 100. This 3% improvement must be demonstrated from the highest of the three state assessment scores used in the three-year average to the current state assessment score.
2. Low Graduation Rate High Schools
Low graduation rate high schools are those that are ranked according to three-year and four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates averaged and are less than or equal to 67%. A high school may exit Low Grad Rate status by attaining a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate greater than 67%.
* All BIE-funded schools operate Title I schoolwide programs.