The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives state education agencies more flexibility than previous federal law to determine which schools in their state are low-performing. These determinations matter because school districts must use evidence-based strategies to improve these low-performing schools, and states must provide technical assistance and grant funding help districts and schools with school
improvement. The evidence-based requirements of ESSA have presented a new set of responsibilities for both districts and states so the more low-performing schools identified, the greater the demands are on districts and states.
Under ESSA, states now identify three categories of low-performing schools: Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools, which have very low overall performance or poor high school graduation rates, and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI), which have been identified due to underperforming subgroups of students.
Last Modified on August 16, 2021