Accountability Under ESSA

The Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) is the main federal law for K-12 public schools. The law requires states to hold public schools accountable for student achievement. States have flexibility to design their own systems accountability systems under ESSA. 

NYSED has established the following set of indicators to measure school performance under ESSA:

  • Student Academic Achievement
  • Student Growth 
  • English Language Learner Progress
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • High School Graduation Rate

Accountability Designations and Data

Districts are given levels 1-4 for each indicator for all students and for student subgroups. These levels are used to determine whether a district is designated as Local Support and Improvement (LSI) or Target District (TD). Schools are also given levels 1-4 for each indicator. There levels are used to determine whether a school is designated as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI).

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, in September 2022, the United States Department of Education (USDE) approved the one-year ESSA State Plan Addendum for making 2022-23 school year accountability determinations using 2021-22 school year data. More information about NYSED's one-year plan can be found here:

Data used for Accountability is reported by schools through SIRS. L2RPT includes a set of SIRS reports for each Accountability indicator that contain district and school data used in determining Accountability designations. These reports reside in the Accountability folder in L2RPT.