Special Programs 

Special Programs encompasses a variety of educational support programs and special initiatives and school improvement projects.  A brief description of each program is as follows:

Accountability and Funding - Manages the funds that the state receives under the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and provides information to meet state and federal accountability requirements.     More >

Arkansas Career Academies - Provides a small learning community within a high school, offering rigorous academics organized around one or more of the sixteen national career clusters. More >

High Schools That Work (HSTW) - Provides leadership for the state’s High Schools That Work/Technology Centers That Work school sites.  HSTW, a school improvement initiative of the Southern Region Education Board, is based on the premise that students can master complex academic and technical concepts if schools create an environment that encourages students to make the effort to succeed. More >

High Technology Scholarships - Provides $500 scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to students majoring in technology fields. More >

Jobs for Arkansas’s Graduates (JAG) - Provides leadership for the state’s JAG programs, which are designed to help at-risk youth achieve high school graduation and acquire work-based learning experiences that will lead them to further education and training and rewarding careers. More >

Office of School Improvement - Provides leadership for initiatives designed to improve the effectiveness of instruction in areas such as curriculum integration, distance learning, and contextual Learning. More >

Oracle Internet Academy - Provides leadership to the state’s Oracle Academy sites, which introduce students to information technology (IT) careers and prepares students for IT careers. More > 

Support for Special Populations - Provides guidance in the areas of assessment counseling, career development, and transition services to students identified as members of special populations in order to ensure their success in their career focus program of study. More >