Categorical programs are a major component of district and site services. 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. School agencies receive varying amounts of categorical funds depending on district characteristics, the programs they choose to operate, and the proportion of the state's students they serve.
Restricted or categorical funds are calculated based upon student enrollment and demographic data. Categorical funds are applied for through the completion of the Consolidated Application. Through this application process, data is submitted regarding students requiring additional support, such as the disadvantaged, English learners, migrants, and/or immigrants. Specific categorical programs are received by the Tustin Unified School District to improve student achievement, provide professional development to staff, and to increase parental involvement.
- Title I, A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
- Title II, A: Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting
- Title III: Program for LEP Students
Provides supplemental funds to school sites (grades Pre-K through 6) to be used to narrow the educational gap between disadvantaged children and other children in those areas where the highest concentration of children from low-income families attend school. Funds can be used to support personnel (such as resource teachers, literacy coaches), intervention programs (such as intersession and after-school tutoring), parent involvement/education activities, and staff development.
Provides funds to districts for supplementary programs and services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. Required activities include the provision of instruction and instructional support services related to English Language Development and academic progress in the core curriculum in a manner that allows LEP students to meet grade level requirements. Programs must also provide staff development for school staff assigned to LEP student populations. Funds may also be used for a variety of instructional support, curricular development, parental involvement, and related program activities.