Guidance to Establish Exit Criteria for ESSA Classifications

Chris Domaleski and Juan D’Brot authored a paper supported by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to help states develop and validate exit criteria for schools classified as Comprehensive Supports and Improvements (CSI) and Additional Targeted Supports and Improvement (ATSI) required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While the principles in the paper are discussed in the context of current federal requirements, they have broad implications for improving accountability and support practices that transcend ESSA.