process described in Commissioner's Memo LS-20-009, the Division of Elementary
and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the December disbursement of State
Categorical ELL funds in the amount of $359 per identified English Learner. The
attached document (on the "Dec 2021 ELL Funds to Disburse" tab) will
indicate which districts received the disbursement (issued December 16, 2021).
The attached document (on the "Dec 2021 ELL Count Source" tab)
indicates whether the ELL enrollment count came from Cycle 2 or from a verified
count (DESE Confirmation Pull) after the district submitted a corrected
Language Minority Student (LMS) Error Report and adjusted ESL/LMS roster. Final
ELL count/numbers will be reflected on upcoming State Aid Notices.
whose December EL Count/Payment Count Source were marked as TBD on the attached
document (on the "Dec 2021 ELL Count Source" tab) will receive the
ELL Categorical fund disbursement February 2022 pending receipt of a corrected
Language Minority Student Error Report (LMS Error Report) and adjusted ESL/LMS
Roster for October 1, 2021. For funding to be disbursed February 2022,
the corrections and adjustments are to be completed by no later than February
When the LMS Error Report for October 1, 2021 is clear, the ESOL
Coordinator must notify Erika Regier (Erika.Regier@ade.arkansas.gov). Ongoing
technical assistance from the ESOL/English Learners office will continue to be
provided to support districts in meeting this expectation.
Districts are responsible for ensuring ELL funds are spent on eligible
activities as described in the Special Needs Funding Rules. See the Special Needs Funding Rules, Section 5 for further
details. The revenue code is 32371 and the source of fund code is 2276 for
State Categorical ELL Funds.
Please consult the 2021-22
Language Minority Student/English Learner Data Entry presentation and
Reports Information document for further details regarding data
entry into eSchool and COGNOS reports pertaining to Language Minority Students.
Additional materials regarding the Arkansas
English Learner Entrance and Exit Procedures are available on
If you have further questions about this process or ESOL services, please
contact DESE’s ESOL Program Director, Tricia Kerr, at Tricia.Kerr@ade.arkansas.gov or