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The Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) Program is designed to increase student achievement by assisting public schools across the country with implementing comprehensive reforms that are grounded in scientifically based research and effective practices.

The CSR Program targets high-poverty and low-achieving schools, especially those receiving Title I funds, by helping them to increase the quality and accelerate the pace of their reform efforts. The eleven components of the CSR Program provide an organizing framework that encourages schools to build upon and leverage state and local school initiatives into a comprehensive plan for school improvement. All eleven of the components are outlined in the CSR Program Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance.

More information on the eleven components can be found in the publication, Unlocking the 11 Components of CSR, which provides brief explanations of these components and dozens of resources to help educators create effective schoolwide improvement plans.
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The Department of Education maintains a list of CSR State Allocations, including a downloadable Excel file: CSR State by State Funding Allocation Table - FY 2001 through 2009.

Longitudinal Assessment of Comprehensive School Reform Program Implementation and Outcomes (LACIO), published in March 2005 by the U. S. Department of Education, is the first-year report of a five-year longitudinal study of the Comprehensive School Reform Program.

Putting the Pieces Together: Lessons from Comprehensive School Reform Research examines the effectiveness of comprehensive school reform, with chapters on CSR research, implementation, and its future.

State Achievement Data for schools and districts can be found on the individual State Department of Education Achievement Data Web sites.