The Basics: What You Need to Know About ESSA and Low-Performing Schools
- Based on a system of meaningful differentiation states must establish a methodology for identifying low-performing schools (see School Accountability section).
- Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, and at least once every three years thereafter, states are required to identify a statewide category of schools for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) and targeted support and achievement (TSI).
- Each state education agency (SEA) is required to notify each local education agency (LEA) of any schools identified for CSI or TSI.
- LEAs are responsible for developing and implementing a plan for each CSI school identified.
- Any school identified for CSI that fails to improve within a state-determined number of years (not to exceed four years) shall be faced with more rigorous state-determined action.
- SEAs will monitor and periodically review progress made by LEAs toward improving CSI schools.
- Schools identified for TSI will work in partnership with stakeholders to develop and implement a school-level plan.
- Click here for a graphic organizer on identifying CSI and TSI schools.
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