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Guidance on the Comprehensive School Reform Program
Updated August 2002
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A. INTRODUCTION

A-1

What is the purpose of the Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) program?

A-2

How is the CSR program connected to other education improvement initiatives?

A-3

What statutory authority authorizes the CSR program?

A-4

How does the new Comprehensive School Reform Program (CSR) differ from the predecessor Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) program?

A-5

When do the new CSR program requirements apply?

A-6

What are the benefits of complying with the new CSR program elements?

B. COMPONENTS OF A COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL REFORM PROGRAM

B-1

What is a comprehensive school reform program?

B-2

What is scientifically based research?

B-3

What evidence is critical in evaluating whether a body of research is scientifically based?

B-4

The CSR legislation requires participating schools to develop a comprehensive reform program that has been found, through scientifically based research, to significantly improve the academic achievement of participating students; or has been found to have strong evidence that it will significantly improve the academic achievement of participating children. What is meant by "strong evidence"?

B-5

What assurance must the SEA make regarding the research base of funded CSR programs?

B-6

Must a comprehensive school reform program contain all eleven components listed in the legislation?

B-7

Is an SEA responsible for ensuring that only comprehensive school reform programs are funded?

B-8

To receive CSR funds, must a school implement a comprehensive school reform program that includes an externally developed reform model?

C. FEDERAL AWARDS TO STATES

C-1

On what basis will the Department award CSR funds to SEAs?

C-2

Are the outlying areas and the Bureau of Indian Affairs eligible to receive CSR funds?

C-3

When do CSR funds become available to the States?

C-4

What happens to a State's allocation if it does not apply for CSR funds?

C-5

Why do CSR allocations to States sometimes vary from year to year, even if the total amount appropriated for CSR stays the same?

C-6

If a State's CSR allocation increases from one fiscal year to another, how may the State use the additional CSR resources?

C-7

If a State' s CSR allocation decreases from one fiscal year to another, how can the state adjust its distribution of CSR funds?

D. STATE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

D-1

How and when may an SEA submit its application for CSR funds?

D-2

What key issues must an SEA address in applying for CSR funding?

D-3

How will States assure that technical assistance providers have a successful track record, financial stability, and the capacity to deliver high quality materials, professional development, and implementation support?

E. FUNDS RESERVED FOR STATE USE

E-1

May an SEA reserve a portion of its allocations for State use?

E-2

May an SEA combine CSR funds that are reserved for State activities and have been awarded under the separate CSR authorities?

E-3

May an SEA consolidate CSR administrative funds with those of other grant programs?

E-4

May an SEA provide LEAs with funding for administration, evaluation, and technical assistance?

E-5

May an SEA use CSR funds that it reserves to provide technical assistance to schools that have completed their three years of funding?

F. STATE AWARDS TO LEAs

F-1

What entities are eligible to apply to an SEA for CSR funds?

F-2

How does an LEA apply to its SEA for CSR funds?

F-3

What priorities and considerations must an SEA address in designing its LEA application?

F-4

May a State establish priorities in addition to those that are required?

F-5

Do SEAs have flexibility regarding the timing of their subgrant competitions?

F-6

What key issues must an LEA address in applying for CSR funding?

F-7

What is the minimum amount of CSR funding that an SEA may provide to an LEA or consortium?

F-8

What is a consortium of small schools?

F-9

How does the legislative requirement for a minimum award of $50,000 per school apply to a consortium of small schools?

F-10

May a consortium of LEAs apply for CSR funds?

F-11

If a consortium of LEAs is funded, must each participating school within the consortium receive a minimum award of $50,000 annually?

F-12

May an SEA award funds for some, but not all, of the schools that an LEA or consortium of LEAs has included in its CSR application?

F-13

May an SEA use CSR funds to support planning activities in schools that have not yet designed their comprehensive reform program?

F-14

Should CSR funds be used to support schools that are already implementing a comprehensive school reform program

F-15

If an LEA submits virtually identical applications to an SEA on behalf of different schools, should the SEA consider such proposals for funding?

F-16

May an LEA or consortium use CSR funds to cover administrative costs, technical assistance, and evaluation activities?

F-17

Are public charter schools eligible to participate in the CSR program?

F-18

What are the implications for CSR awards of the charter school provisions in section 5206 of the reauthorized ESEA?

F-19

Are private school children eligible to participate in the CSR program?

F-20

Are Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)-funded schools eligible to compete for CSR funds?

F-21

On what basis does an SEA award continuation funding to subgrantees?

F-22

If an SEA determines that a CSR school is not making substantial implementation progress, what becomes of their subgrant funds?

G. LOCAL USE OF FUNDS

G-1

For which of its schools may an LEA apply for CSR funds?

G-2

For what activities may a school use CSR funds?

G-3

May a school apply for additional funding through a new competition after receiving funds for three years?

G-4

Must CSR funds be used to supplement other Federal, State, and local funds?

G-5

How long are CSR funds available for obligation by SEAs and LEAs?

G-6

What constitutes an obligation of funds?

G-7

What is the appropriate LEA subgrant period for CSR awards?

G-8

May pre-award costs be charged to the CSR grant?

G-9

Can an SEA permit an LEA to carry over unobligated CSR funds from one year to the next?

G-10

May a school that is in the early planning stages of comprehensive reform and has not yet completed the design of its comprehensive reform program receive CSR support to continue this planning?

G-11

May a school that has already begun to implement a reform program with other Federal, State and local funds receive CSR support?

G-12

May a school use CSR funds to pay or reimburse a proposal-writing firm for developing a school's application?

G-13

Can a Title I targeted assistance school make effective use of CSR funds?

G-14

If a school that has received CSR funding determines, in consultation with its LEA, that it needs to make major revisions to its whole school reform program, can this school continue to receive CSR funds?

G-15

May a school that has failed to make substantial progress and did not receive three years of funding reapply to receive CSR funds?

G-16

To what extent may waivers be sought to facilitate the implementation of a school's comprehensive school reform plan?

H. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

H-1

What is the role of the SEA in providing technical assistance to LEAs and schools regarding comprehensive school reform?

H-2

What commitment must the SEA make regarding technical assistance for funded comprehensive school reform programs?

H-3

Must States give priority to an LEA or a consortium of LEAs that supports the reform efforts of its schools?

H-4

What commitment must an LEA or a consortium of LEAs make regarding technical assistance to CSR schools?

H-5

What kind of technical assistance can LEAs provide to their CSR schools?

H-6

Does technical assistance provided by an LEA constitute the external support required for participating schools?

H-7

How must a school address the technical assistance component of its CSR program?

I. ACCOUNTABILITY PROVISIONS

I-1

What evaluation requirements apply to SEAs with CSR programs?

I-2

What elements of their CSR programs must an LEA evaluate?

I-3

What should an SEA and LEA consider in designing the evaluation of their CSR programs?

I-4

What requirements for reporting apply to SEAs with CSR programs?

APPENDIX A.

Title I, Part F (CSR) legislation
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APPENDIX B.

Continuum of comprehensiveness
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APPENDIX C.

Scientifically Based Research and the Comprehensive School Reform Program
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