Academic achievement and high graduation rates are two of the cornerstones of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has identified Continuous Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools, those schools in the bottom 5% of all schools in the state and/or those that fail to achieve a graduation rate of 67% or higher. The districts with CSI Schools 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
CSI schools are Michigan public schools identified in the bottom 5% of all schools statewide 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) via a formula allocation to support CSI schools identified in 2018.
- Ben Boerkoel, Manager, (517) 241-9386
- John Taylor, Consultant, (517) 241-4715
- Connie McCall, Analyst, (517) 241-6962
Instructional Learning Cycle Process (3.0)
Program District Service Plans
For a sample of the Regional Assistance Grant District Service Plan, contact Ben Boerkoel.
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 CSI Schools under their jurisdiction.
- Title I Regional Assistance Grants Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)
- 2019-20 Regional Assistance Grant Eligible Schools and Allocations
Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants (SIG)
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. While the SIG is no longer available to new applicants, Cohorts 4 and 5 are currently implementing the SIG funded programs and activities until the 2020 and 2021 school years, respectively.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Calhoun Intermediate School District Consortium provides supports through the Statewide Field Team (SWFT). Please contact Beth Brophy, SWFT Executive Director at email@example.com for more information.
- The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)
- LEA and School Improvement Non-Regulatory Guidance
- Michigan Revised School Code - School Improvement Plans
- MDE Guidance on Federal Grants
Michigan CSI Schools