Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Federal Programs

The Federal Programs Unit is committed to providing support to Arkansas schools and districts in their efforts to improve student achievement and ensure that Arkansas students are proficient in meeting our state standards and prepared for a successful future.

The unit engages in consistent collaboration with all local education agencies that are subrecipients of Federal Grant Program funds to supplement and complement the efforts of local school systems, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents and students to improve the quality of education.

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


Federal Programs Programmatic and Fiscal Monitoring Guide was developed to provide a comprehensive review of the federal programs monitoring processes and tools across federal granting authorities.  The purpose of this tool is to provide uniform guidance for subrecipient monitoring.  It is intended to be used yearly by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) as a guide during subrecipient monitoring programs and can be used to monitor previous years.  It should be used in conjunction with any Local Educational Agency (LEA) risk assessments.  Risk assessments, in conjunction with this monitoring guide, provide LEAs and State Education Agencies (SEAs) yearly determinations if grant purposes are being met, the identification of programs before monitoring or an audit, clarification of program requirements, and program expectations.  Not all federal programs or items are applicable to all recipients. Items that do not apply are marked as "Not Applicable."

Complaint Procedures

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) requires the state educational agency (SEA) to investigate any complaint provided to the SEA.
Any individual, organization or agency (complainant) may file a complaint with the Arkansas Department of Education if that individual, organization or agency believes and alleges that a local educational agency, the state educational agency, or an agency or consortium of agencies is violating a federal statute or regulation that applies to a program under the ESEA. The complaint must allege a violation that occurred not more than one (1) year prior to the date that the complaint is received, unless a longer period is reasonable because the violation is considered systemic or ongoing.  For more information, please refer to:

February 21, 2020 AASBO/AAFC Presentation and Handout

February 21, 2020 AASBO/AAFC Video Recording

For more information, please contact:

Bobby Lester, Coordinator of Federal Programs 
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Box 26
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-683-5300

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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