Federal and Categorical Programs

Jacksonville North Pulaski School District

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The law provided federal grants to state educational agencies to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education. The ESEA has undergone numerous revisions since initial adoption. The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 provided the most recent revisions. This revised law provides a framework for ensuring the success of all students.

The purpose of Title I, Part A is To ensure that all children receive a high-quality education, and to close the achievement gap between children meeting the challenging State academic standards and those children who are not meeting such standards.

Required components of a Schoolwide Title I Plan include a comprehensive needs assessment, schoolwide reform strategies, activities to ensure mastery, and coordination of resources.

The purpose of Title III is to increase the English language proficiency of English learners by providing effective language instruction and programs that meet the needs of English learners and demonstrate success in increasing English Learners' proficiency and academic achievement.

The purpose of Title III is to increase the English language proficiency of English learners by providing effective language instruction and programs that meet the needs of English learners and demonstrate success in increasing English Learners' proficiency and academic achievement.

State Categorical Programs

Arkansas categorical programs are a specialized series of programs designed to support the success of all students. Guidance and funding for each of the programs is outlined in the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Distribution of Student Special Needs Funding and the Determination of Allowable Expenditures of Those Funds.

The purpose of the National School Lunch state categorical funds is to provide research-based programs for students scoring below proficient in order to improve instruction and increase academic achievement of those students.

The purpose of Alternative Education is to provide a high quality education for students who need a non-traditional learning environment.

Professional Development is designed to provide quality professional learning opportunities to Arkansas’s educators, administrators, and school board members.

The Arkansas Department of Education English Learner support program provides resources and services to assist schools in their efforts to support English Learners in the development of the skills needed to communicate effectively in English both in and out of school.