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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows states the authority and flexibility to set policies, to create timelines for progress, and develop school improvement plans that meet the needs of its students. ESSA offers a favorable change from the “one size fits all” approach to school improvement by providing more flexibility in designating and the reporting school performance. There are three designations of schools identified as in need of school improvement. The first designation is Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools, which in Nevada are:
 The lowest performing five percent of schools based on an adjusted Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) index score
 All one-star schools on the Rising Stars List, and
 High schools with a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate below 67 percent. Note: CSI schools are capped at two stars in their designation year, followed by a three-year implementation period.
School Responsibilities Successful CSI schools will: 1. Complete a needs assessment to determine root cause(s) and set improvement goals; 2. Develop a CSI plan to address identified needs for improvement. The CSI plan is the school’s performance plan with the required CSI components included. The plan must be made with stakeholder input and must be approved by the LEA and the SEA. All intervention, strategies, and activities must meet ESSA evidence-based levels (strong, moderate, promising, or demonstrates a rationale); 3. Present quarterly progress updates on plan implementation to LEA support team and the SEA; and 4. Regularly engage parents and community members in the school improvement process.
District Responsibilities Successful districts will: 1. As a best practice, notify parents regarding identification and how they can become involved with the school in the improvement process; 2. Support school leadership team with conducting Comprehensive Needs Assessment; 1 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as amended through P.L. 115-224, Enacted July 31, 2018 5 | Page February 2019 v.1 3. Support, review and approve (through a transparent approval process) Schools’ Performance Plans before submitting to the SEA; 4. Identify schools with the most significant needs; 5. Track quarterly school progress, to ensure fidelity of the plan implementation; and 6. Conduct an end-of-the-year summative review of a school's progress.
The Nevada Department of Education has the responsibility to: 1. Identify and report school CSI designations at the beginning of each school year; 2. Provide funding to support evidence-based interventions for improving student achievement; 3. Provide technical assistance as requested or needed according to the school's placement in NDE's Accelerated tier level differentiated support system; and 4. Approve, monitor and review implementation of the CSI school’s plan.