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What are CSI, TSI, and ATSI and how are schools identified?

Sunday, March 24, 2024

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In the United States, schools are identified for assistance under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) through three different categories: Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI), and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI). These categories are aligned with the California Department of Education's (CDE) efforts to improve school performance and student outcomes.

CSI status is assigned to schools based on overall performance for all students. High schools with a graduation rate of less than 68% averaged over two years are automatically identified. Additionally, schools that fall within the lowest-performing five percent of Title I schools, based on various performance indicators such as test scores and academic achievement, are also designated as CSI schools. This identification process occurs annually.

ATSI status is based on the performance of specific student groups within a school. If one or more student groups meet the criteria for CSI, the school is designated as ATSI. This identification process occurs once every three years.

TSI status is similar to ATSI, but it focuses on student group performance over two consecutive years. Schools with student groups that consistently meet the criteria for CSI are identified as TSI schools. This identification process will begin in the 2020-21 school year and will occur annually.

Schools that are identified as CSI are eligible to apply for funding to support improvement efforts. The amount of funding available is determined by the state's allocation and the number of participating schools and districts. However, TSI and ATSI status do not currently come with funding eligibility.

It is important to note that schools receiving School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding do not receive additional CSI funding. The CDE has instructed districts with schools receiving SIG funds to transition their programs to align with the ESSA CSI requirements.

In conclusion, the identification of schools under CSI, TSI, and ATSI categories is crucial for targeting resources and support to improve student outcomes. By analyzing performance data and implementing targeted interventions, schools can work towards achieving better results for all students. The ongoing monitoring and evaluation of these programs will be essential to ensure continued progress and success in the education system.
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