Categorical Programs

Title I - The intent of this funding is to meet the educational needs of low-achieving students enrolled in the highest poverty schools. Title I funds are also used to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on the state content standards and assessments.

For additional information on Title I, Part A, please visit the link below:  

Title II - Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting. The purpose of Title II is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and district to improve teacher and principal quality through professional development and other activities, and to ensure all teachers are highly qualified.

For additional information on Title I, Part A, please visit the link below: 

Title III – English Learners (ELs) - Funding is made available to districts to provide supplementary programs and services to assist Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, known as English learners (ELs), to acquire English and achieve grade-level and graduation standards.

For additional information on Title III, please visit the link below

Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS)

The Consolidated Application and Reporting  System (CARS) is used by the California Department of Education (CDE) to distribute categorical funds from various state and federal programs to county offices, school districts, and direct-funded charter schools throughout California. Annually, in June, each district submits the application to document participation in these programs and provide assurances that the district will comply with the legal requirements of each program. Program entitlements are determined by formulas contained in the laws that created the programs.

The winter release of the application is submitted in January of each year and contains the district entitlements for each funded program. Out of each state and federal program entitlement, districts allocate funds for indirect costs of administration, for programs operated by the district office, and for programs operated at schools.

For additional information, please visit the link below:

2016-17 Consolidated Application Program Guidance


For questions regarding Categorical Programs, please contact:

Sandra Garcia, Director of State and Federal Programs