Federal Programs

The Federal Programs Office is committed to providing support to Springdale School District Title I schools in their efforts to improve student achievement and ensure that our students are proficient in meeting our state standards and prepared for a successful future.

In addition to working with Springdale schools, the Federal Programs Office engages in consistent collaboration with participating private schools and Neglected & Delinquent agencies that are recipients of Federal Grant Program funds.

This office provides technical assistance when guiding schools in their efforts to apply ‘best-practices’ in both fiscal and programmatic matters and maintains communication efforts not only in the program planning stage, but the implementation stage as well.

Federal Funding

Title I - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools. Each year the Springdale School District receives over four million dollars in Title I funds. Title I funds are directed to schools with high levels of poverty. The Title I goal is to assist schools in providing a quality education for every child. The Title I program is designed to serve students most at risk of not meeting the state standards. Services are offered in reading, language arts, and math.

Title II - Improving Teacher Quality

The purpose of the Title II funds is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and the district as a whole by improving teacher and principal quality and ensuring that all teachers are highly qualified. Title II funds are used to provide professional development opportunities above and beyond what the state provides for educators in all schools, including activities that improve knowledge and skills in core academic subjects and effective instructional practices for teachers, principals and, in appropriate cases, paraprofessionals. In addition, Title II funds support district goals that are designed to improve the quality of the teaching force, such as innovative professional development programs that train teachers and principals .

State Categorical Special Needs Funding Sources

The Federal Programs Office also administers State Categorical special needs funding in compliance with Arkansas Department of Education Rules., June 2012.

  • Alternative Learning Environment (ALE) funding for student intervention program consisting of an alternate class or school conducive to learning that seeks to eliminate traditional barriers to learning for students whose academic and social progress are negatively affected by the student’s personal situation.

  • English Language Learners (ELL) funding for students identified as not proficient in the English language based upon approved English proficiency assessment instruments in the current school year. 

  • National School Lunch Act (NSLA) funding shall be based on the number of national school lunch students for the immediately preceding school year, divided by the district’s total enrolled students for the immediately preceding school year. The Springdale School District shall provide a research-based program(s) or purpose(s) for students scoring below proficiency in order to improve instruction and increase academic achievement of those students. This does not prohibit use of funds in performing schools to continue doing those strategies that are sustaining that performance.

  • Professional Development (PD) funding shall be expended for approved activities and materials as required by the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS), by other law or rule, or by the school district to improve knowledge, skills and effectiveness of teachers; address knowledge and skills of administrators, and paraprofessionals concerning effective instructional strategies, methods, and skills; and lead to improved student academic achievement.