With the passage for Every Student Success Act (ESSA) in 2015, states had to develop plans to describe how schools would be accountable for the success of students. New Hampshire's Consolidate Plan was created to identify struggling schools in the state, and is now being implemented. The Plan classifies schools into two categories: 1) CSI - Comprehensive Support and Improvement for those schools needing comprehensive support and 2) ATS - Additional Targeted Support for schools needing to support a subgroup of students. Beginning next school year, the state will also be identifying schools who have repeatedly demonstrated struggles with subgroups of students (TSI - Targeted Support and Improvement).
Here is a short description of how schools are identified in each group:
Four factors were identified to evaluate elementary schools (K-8): student achievement on the State Assessment test, student growth between last year and this year, equity for struggling students (to ensure struggling students are growing in their academic ability) and English proficiency for English language learners (students for whom English is not their first language). Four factors were also defined to evaluate high schools: student achievement on the State Assessment test, graduation rate for the school, college readiness of 12th graders and the English proficiency for English language learners.
CSI schools represent 5% of the lowest performing schools in NH who receive Title I support.
There are about 220 Title I elementary schools in NH so about 5% or twelve of these schools were identified as CSI schools. Realize that many of these schools face the challenges of high poverty and confounding factors in students lives. These CSI schools will receive support from the state to improve. There are only about 11 high schools in the state who receive Title I aid. As such, the one lowest performing HS (5%) was identified for CSI; however, any high school in New Hampshire with a graduation rate below 67% was also identified as a CSI school. There are many charter schools in New Hampshire that focus on struggling high school students, so it is expected they will have a lower graduation rate. Again, support from the state may help them continue to assist these struggling students.
Schools are identified as ATS if they have a subgroup (e.g. low poverty students, a minority student group, special education students) who performed at the same level of the lowest 5% of schools (CSI schools). All schools in New Hampshire (not just Title I schools) were reviewed. About 70 schools in the state were identified in this process. Most all of the schools were struggling with the achievement and growth of their special education students.
Learn more about the ESSA plan on the NH DOE website, or contact Demonstrated Success to help develop an improvement plan in your school.