Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Federal Monitoring Tool and Federal Spending Handbook available for 2021-2022

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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; General Business Managers; Curriculum Coordinators; Bookkeepers; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster)

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Arkansas Federal Programs Programmatic and Financial Monitoring Process and Procedures 2021-2022

The 2021-2022 federal monitoring tool is attached.  This Federal Programs Programmatic and Fiscal Monitoring Process and Procedures document was developed to provide a comprehensive review of the federal programs monitoring process 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 by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to make determinations about whether or not grant purposes are being met, to identify issues prior to an LEA audit and to provide clarification of program requirements and expectations.

The risk assessment will be utilized to determine the level of risk for each district. Districts may be selected to participate in onsite or virtual monitoring based on risks, sampling, difficulty resolving issues during desk monitoring, and/or a request from the Secretary of Education or State Board of Education. Superintendents will be contacted prior to onsite or virtual monitoring.


DESE Spending Handbook for ESEA/ESSA Funds 2021-2022

The DESE Spending Handbook for ESEA/ESSA Funds provides general guidance on how local educational agencies (LEAs) may spend funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA is the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which was signed into law on December 10, 2015. 


It is important to note that this handbook only provides an overview of each of the programs’ spending rules and options; it does not discuss the many other compliance requirements that apply to each of these programs. 

The 2021-2022 handbook is available at


A 2021-2022 timeline of federal programs submission dates is also attached.

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