CCSA Answers:   PI Schools and Title I

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January 31, 2013

Question: What is a "PI" school? What do PI schools have to do with Title I?

Answer: "PI" stands for "Program Improvement" under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. According to the CDE Website,

"A Title I school will be identified for PI when, for each of two consecutive years, the Title I school does not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the same content area (English-language arts or mathematics) school wide or for any numerically significant subgroup, or on the same indicator (Academic Performance Index [API] or high school graduation rate) school wide." One ultimate consequence of remaining a PI school for too long is loss of Title I funding.

For further information regarding Program Improvement and Title 1, please see the CDE website.

More information and additional context, can be found in "Title I, Part A, Basic Grant" on

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