What does a school’s Accountability Status mean?

The Every Student Succeeds Act, or 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. To help accomplish this, New York State has created a new accountability system that classifies schools into one of four categories: Local Support and Improvement (LSI), Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI), or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI). Accountability systems provide opportunities to learn from high-performing schools and direct funds and resources to districts and schools that need to improve.


Parents and families should know how their child’s school is performing in many areas, not just academic subjects. Schools and districts are measured annually on multiple indicators in order to provide parents and families with a more complete picture of their child’s school.


We encourage all parents to reach out to their child’s school for more information about programming, opportunities, and additional ways to get involved.


To learn more about these designations and our accountability system, read our resources for parents available on our Accountability website: