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ESSA Accountability Designations


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the main federal law for K-12 public education, aims to ensure all children get a quality education. The law requires that states hold public schools accountable for how students achieve. ESSA does give states flexibility—their accountability systems can measure much more than just test scores. 

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has established a set of indicators to measure school performance. NYSED developed these indicators with the input of thousands of people statewide—parents, educators, and experts. The indicators include:

  • student academic achievement;
  • student growth and school progress;
  • progress of English language learners;
  • chronic absenteeism; and
  • for high schools, graduation rates and preparing students for college, career and civic engagement.

Accountability Support Models

Schools and districts earned levels for all students and for student subgroups. Such subgroups include members of racial and ethnic groups, low-income students, students with disabilities and English language learners. These levels are used to determine whether a district is identified for Local Support and Improvement (LSI) or as a Target District and whether a school is identified for LSI, Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI), or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI). Local educational agencies (LEAs) are notified for Potential Target District when they have a district-level subgroup that met identification criteria or if they have a school in their district that has a subgroup identified for PTSI. Under the determined accountability support models, NYSED has developed tools and resources to support and build capacity around continuous improvement for all schools. The figure below shows the multiple entry points that support models provide for flexible, adaptable practices that promote sustainable structures around improvement planning and monitoring impact. 

Accountability Data

Statewide End Goals, Long-Term Goals, and Measures of Interim Progress (MIP) for the 2022-23 School Year

Understanding the New York State Accountability System under the Every Student  Succeeds Act (ESSA) for 2023‐2024 Accountability Statuses Based on 2022-2023 Results 

2022-23 Accountability Status 

Archived Accountability Designations

Participation Rate Improvement Plan

Participation Rate Improvement Plan Webinar 2019-20 - March 10, 2020

Memo: 2019 -20 Participation Rate Improvement Plan

Memo: 2019-20 Participation Rate Improvement Plan - 10 Percent

Recognition Schools

Recognition Schools List 2019-20

Recognition Schools Data File 2019-20

Identification Methodology for Recognition Schools based on 2018-19 School Year Results

Fact Sheets

Fact sheets on the new accountability system are available for parents and teachers. The fact sheet for parents is available in 11 languages.

News Releases

14 Struggling Schools Make Demonstrable Improvement and Remain Under Superintendent Receivership - November 8, 2019

State Education Department Announces New School Accountability Determinations - January 17, 2019


2019-20 Title I School Improvement Grants (SIG) Basic - Planning Grants - May 13, 2020

Flexibility in the Use of Funds Associated with Approved 2019-20 Consolidated Applications for ESSA-Funded Programs During District and School Closures Due to COVID-19 - April 24, 2020

2019-20 Accountability Implications Based on April 2020 United States Department of Education Waivers and Changes to Commissioner’s Regulations §100.21 to Address the COVID-19 Crisis - April 17, 2020

Required Actions and Funding Levels for Target Districts, Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools, and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) Schools​ - April 13, 2020

2019 -20 Participation Rate Improvement Plan - March 5, 2020

2019-20 Participation Rate Improvement Plan - 10 Percent - March 5, 2020

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Accountability Status; Goals and Measures of Interim Progress (MIP) - October 2018

Resources for Schools

Elementary School Sample PowerPoint Template: Explaining the New Accountability System - TSI

High School Sample PowerPoint Template: Explaining the New Accountability System - TSI

Elementary School Sample PowerPoint Template: Explaining the New Accountability System - CSI

High School Sample PowerPoint Template: Explaining the New Accountability System - CSI

2019-20 Charter School DCIP Equivalency Form

A charter school identified as a CSI or TSI school shall take such actions as are required by its charter authorizer pursuant to Article 56 of the Education Law consistent with the charter agreement that each charter school has with its charter authorizer. CSI charter schools receiving Title I funds must also submit a Charter School District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) Equivalency Form to the Department by June 29, 2020.