Comprehensive Support under ESSA

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ESSA specifies that state educational agencies identify for comprehensive support and improvement the lowest performing schools, high schools with low graduation rates, and schools with chronically low performing subgroups.

Method
North Dakota will select schools with the highest proportion of struggling students for Comprehensive Support and Improvement every three years. NDDPI will work with school and school system leaders to develop a customized approach to address areas in need of improvement. Schools selected will be awarded school improvement grants for three consecutive years to implement evidence-based strategies and build local capacity to sustain improvement efforts.

Identification Criteria and Timeline
Schools that meet the following criteria are selected for comprehensive support and improvement:
  1. The lowest-performing 5% of all Title I schools in the state (based on performance of the accountability framework over no more than three years), and
  2. All public high schools (Title I or non-Title I) that graduate less than 67%.
North Dakota will select schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement every three years.

Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, any school that received additional targeted support and received Title I funds that did not meet the exit criteria after three consecutive years will be selected for Comprehensive Support and Improvement. These schools will then need to meet the established criteria for Comprehensive Support schools.

Supports and Interventions
The NDDPI will provide support and interventions for schools selected for Comprehensive Support and Improvement using a multifaceted approach:
  • All schools selected for Comprehensive Support will be eligible to apply for a school improvement grant of approximately $350,000 over the three years selected for improvement. These funds are to help the school make improvements in the areas that led to the selection.
  • All schools will be provided guidance and support including regional trainings to overview requirements and opportunities, and a liaison in the Division of Student Support & Innovation assigned to provide technical assistance.
The NDDPI has partnered with the SINet/EdDirection as external partners to support NDDPI’s implementation of comprehensive support with impactful and expert services and resources. This partnership provides an opportunity for comprehensive support schools to contract services to support the state determined model and federal requirements, which includes intensive support, coaching, professional development, evidence-based instructional strategies, data review/appraisals, and ongoing technical assistance.

Exit Criteria
A school may exit Comprehensive Support status upon achieving:
  • Scores that are above the bottom 5% of Title I schools for three consecutive years.
  • A graduation rate that is 67% or higher for three consecutive years.
  • Success in meeting their established interim goals for three consecutive years for both academic achievement and graduation rates.