As required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the Kentucky Department of Education will identify Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools referenced in KRS 160.346.
There are three ways for a school to be identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement:
- The school is among the lowest performing 5% of Title I or non-Title I schools by level in Kentucky;
- The Title I or non-Title I high school has a four-year graduation rate of 80% or less; or
- The Title I or non-Title I school was previously identified for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) for at least three years and have not exited.
Each CSI school must undergo an audit. Within thirty (30) days of CSI identification, each district must declare its intent to use the Kentucky Department of Education or an outside team to lead each CSI school’s audit. Pursuant to KRS 160.346(5), audit teams must have documented expertise in diagnosing the causes of an organization’s low performance and in turnaround leadership.
When selected as the audit team, the KDE refers to the audits it conducts as Diagnostic Reviews. Diagnostic Reviews are administered by teams of current and former educators, parents, and others trained in the audit process.
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5130 Ext. 4001
Fax (502) 564-8149