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 CSI, CSI Alternative, & CSI Promise Schools


Transforming Our Agency: “Our School and District Effectiveness (SDE) team, whose primary responsibility is to support identified schools, has undergone a major transformation. The team was reorganized to provide a regional approach to push more support to LEAs and schools. With a focus on leadership, all Effectiveness Specialists now have an educational leadership background and undergo specialized leadership training. The team is also taking an LEA-focused approach by working closely with the local administrators. We know from research and experience that turning schools around cannot be done without effective leadership and an understanding that the local superintendent and LEA office must be more hands-on and must focus LEA resources and support in areas of need.” ​Georgia’s ESSA Plan, p. 53 

 
Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Districts and Schools

Criteria for Identification

Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)

Criteria #​​​

Criteria Category

Entrance Criteria

Exit Criteria

1

Lowest 5%

Title I Schools Only:
When ranked according to their three-year CCRPI average, are among the lowest performing schools that re​present 5% of all schools eligible for identification.

A school may exit if the school no longer meets the lowest 5% entrance criteria AND demonstrates an improvement in the overall CCRPI score greater than or equal to 3% of the gap between the baseline CCRPI 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 CCRPI scores used in the three-year average to the current CCRPI score.

2

Low Graduation Rate

All High Schools:
Have a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate less than or equal
to 67%.

Attain a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate greater than 67%.

Georgia’s ESSA Plan, p. 41

Plan of Support

  • Ongoing collaboration and technical assistance for continuous improvement
  • District and school level reviews and walkthroughs
  • Annual Title I, Part A 1003 School Improvement Funds formula allocation 
  • Professional learning
  • GaDOE District Effectiveness Specialist (DES) to support districts in their plan of support for identified schools
  • School Effectiveness Team – Onsite, ongoing support provided by a GaDOE School Effectiveness Specialist (SES), RESA School Improvement Specialist (SIS), and GaDOE ad hoc members as needed

Funding

  • ​As federal appropriations allow, the Georgia Department of Education, at the minimum, will annually award the 1003 fund allocations for each category of CSI schools as referenced in the table below:

Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)

Criteria #

Criteria Category

Minimum 1003 Allocations

1

Lowest 5%

Title I Schools Only:
$150,000 per school

2

Graduation Rate 67% or Below

$50,000 per school

  • Schools that are identified based on multiple criteria will receive the highest amount allocated, with the exception of identified alternative schools (which will receive $75,000)
  • All funding is pending Federal approval

Guidelines

  • Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between LEA and GaDOE to set shared expectations and responsibilities
  • Create a LEA plan of support for identified schools
  • Conduct a CNA and create a District Improvement Plan (DIP) for 2019-2020
  • Identified Schools will conduct a CNA and create a School Improvement Plan (SIP) for 2019-2020
  • Attend required GaDOE professional learning

Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Alternative Schools 

Criteria for Identification

  •  Same as CSI Schools

Plan of Support

  • Annual 1003 formula allocation
  • Designated GaDOE Alternative Education support
  • Standards focused on program evaluations to improve educational programs and services, transition processes, development of individualized graduation plans, effective communication, social work, and evidence-based counseling

Funding

  • Alternative schools that are identified for CSI support (lowest 5%) will receive an annual 1003 allotment of $75,000 per school
  • Schools that are identified based on multiple criteria will receive the highest amount allotted out of the criteria applicable, excluding alternative schools

Guidelines

  • ​Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between LEA and GaDOE to set shared expectations and responsibilities
  • Create a LEA plan of support for identified schools
  • Conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) and create a District Improvement Plan (DIP) for 2019-2020
  • Identified Schools will conduct a self-assessment using the Alternative School Standards
  • Create a School Improvement Plan (SIP) for 2019-2020​

Comprehensive Support and Improvement Promise Schools (CSI Promise) 

Criteria for Identification

CSI Designation

Entrance Criteria

Exit Criteria

Promise Schools

Title I Schools Only:

When ranked according to their three-year CCRPI average, are among the lowest performing schools that represent greater than 5% to 10% of all schools eligible for identification.

 

The purpose of Promise Schools is to provide supports to these schools to sustain improvement or provide proactive supports before they fall into the lowest 5% CSI category.

A school may exit if the school no longer meets the greater than 5% to 10% entrance criteria AND the school’s current overall CCRPI score is greater than the baseline CCRPI score (the three-year average that led to the school’s identification).

Georgia’s ESSA Plan, p. 41

Plan of Support

  • Ongoing collaboration and technical assistance for continuous improvement
  • District and school level reviews and walkthroughs as requested based upon availability
  • Annual Title I, Part A 1003 School Improvement Funds formula allocation 
  • Professional learning (optional)
  • GaDOE District Effectiveness Specialist (DES) to support districts in their plan of support for identified schools

Funding

  • As federal appropriations allow, the Georgia Department of Education, at the minimum, will annually award the ​1003 fund allocations for each category of CSI Promise Schools as referenced in the table below:

Comprehensive Support and Improvement Promise Schools(CSI Promise)

Criteria #

Criteria Category

Minimum 1003 Allocations

1​

Lowest performing schools that represent greater than 5% to 10%

Title I Schools Only:
$20,000 per school (minimum)

  • State Superintendent Richard Woods will recommend $20,000 per Promise School for the FY19 funding year.

Guidelines

  • Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between LEA and GaDOE to set shared expectations and responsibilities
  • Create a LEA plan of support for identified schools
  • Conduct a CNA and create a District Improvement Plan (DIP) for 2019-2020
  • Identified Schools will conduct a CNA and create a School Improvement Plan (SIP) for 2019-2020
  • Attend required GaDOE professional learning (optional)​​​​​​​
 

 Content Editor

 
North Area Program Manager
Amy Alderman

Phone: 404-944-5105
Email: ​aalderman@doe.k12.ga.us

Metro Area Program Manager
Susan Patrick

Phone: 404-656-2638
Email: spatrick@doe.k12.ga.us

Interim South Area Program Manager
Janie Fields
Email: jfields@doe.k12.ga.us

Alternative Education Program Manager
Samuel Taylor, Ph.D 

Phone: 404-657-7155
Email: staylor@doe.k12.ga.us