Academic achievement and increased graduation rates are two of the cornerstones of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA requires the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to identify schools in one of three support categories: Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), and Additional Targeted Support (ATS). The ESSA also requires states to reserve a portion of their statewide Title I allocation to provide funding to support districts with schools designated as CSI, TSI, and ATS. The districts with schools designated for CSI, TSI, and ATS status receive support services from the MDE through its partner Intermediate School Districts and Education Service Agencies to build capacity in order to increase student achievement and/or graduation rates.
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Statewide System of Support
Schools designated as CSI are Michigan public schools identified in the bottom 5% of all schools statewide and/or did not achieve a graduation rate of 67% or higher. Regional Assistance Grants (RAG) are awarded to intermediate school districts (ISDs) and educational service agencies (ESAs) to support districts with CSI schools via a formula allocation. The following schools were identified for CSI status in 2018.
Any local district with schools designated as CSI, TSI, or ATS are eligible to engage in systems work through the Blueprint for Systemic Reconfiguration as provided through the Title I Statewide System of Support Technical Assistance Grant. Please visit the MDE Michigan School Index System Resources website for more information about CSI, TSI and ATS school designation.
Click on “Grants” below to learn more about the funding supporting this work.
Program District Service Plans
Please contact Connie McCall for a template of the Regional Assistance Grant District Service Plan.
Regional Assistance Grants (RAG) Supporting Schools
Schools receive funding for services to support their school improvement programs and initiatives. The Regional Assistance Grants (RAG) are awarded to Intermediate School Districts with schools designated as CSI in their constituent local school districts.
- Title I Regional Assistance Grants Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)
- 2020-21 Regional Assistance Grant Eligible Schools and Allocations
Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants (SIG)
The School Improvement Grant (SIG), authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), is a grant to Michigan used to make competitive sub-grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrated the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to substantially raise the achievement of students in our lowest-performing schools. In Michigan, five cohorts have been awarded the SIG as sub-grantees since the 2010-11 fiscal year. The SIG is no longer available to new applicants. Cohort 5 is implementing final SIG funded programs and activities through September 30, 2021, at which point the grant program ends.
Statewide Technical Assistance Grant
The Statewide Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) is a competitive grant that provides Comprehensive Support and Improvement, Targeted Support and Improvement, and Additional Targeted Support schools with the opportunity to engage in systems work through the Blueprint for Systemic Reconfiguration. The current grantee is Calhoun Intermediate School District (CISD). CISD provides these supports through the Statewide Field Team (SWFT) in consortium with other ISDs. Please contact Beth Brophy, SWFT Executive Director, for more information.
- The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)
- Michigan Revised School Code - School Improvement Plans
- MDE Guidance on Federal Grants
Michigan CSI Schools