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Categorical Programs

Federal and state categorical programs were created by legislatures to serve the special needs of students that are not covered by general fund education programs. Each categorical program comes with its own program intent, rules, regulations, and exemplary practices. The categorical program funds go towards improving student achievement, providing professional development to staff, and increasing parental involvement.
Categorical programs include:
Title I, Part A - Improving Academic Achievement
The Title I program supports effective, research-based educational strategies that close the achievement gap between high and low-performing students and enable students to meet the state's challenging academic standards. Title I funds/services are provided to Title I schools identified as targeted assistance or schoolwide program schools.
Targeted assistance schools are those where services are provided to eligible Title I students who have been identified by the school as failing or most at-risk of failing to meet state academic content standards.
Schoolwide Program schools are those where 40 percent of the students in the school attendance area are from low-income families. These schools must develop a comprehensive plan that describes how the school will be improved academically so that all students attain proficiency.
Title II - Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting
The Title II program is used to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts (1) improve teacher and principal quality through professional development and other activities and (2) ensure all teachers are highly qualified. These funds focus on strategies for recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining highly qualified teachers and principals.
Title III - English Learners
The purpose of this program is to ensure that all English learner students attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic achievement in English and meet the same challenging state academic standards as all other students. To support this goal, the United States Department of Education allocates Title III funds to state educational agencies, such as the California Department of Education, to provide subgrants to eligible local educational agencies based on the number of EL students enrolled.
Funds must be used for supplementary services as part of the language instruction program for EL students to support English language development instruction, enhance instruction in the core academic subjects and provide high-quality professional development for teachers and other staff. Title III-EL student program funds may also be used to upgrade program objectives and instructional strategies, identify and improve curricula, materials and assessments, provide tutorials for academic and/or vocational education, intensify instruction, acquire or develop educational technology, coordinate language instruction programs with other programs and services, provide community participation programs and parent outreach.
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