NCLB Title VI, Part B - Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)
The Rural Education Achievement Program, or REAP, was established in ESEA/NCLB Title VI, Part B, to provide additional resources to assist rural districts in meeting state definitions of adequate yearly progress (AYP). Formula allocations are provided to about 120-130 districts in New York State each year that are identified as meeting eligibility requirements for one of the three REAP programs.
These three REAP components are the Small, Rural School Achievement program, or SRSA; the Rural, Low-Income Schools program, or RLIS; and REAP-FLEX (a subset of LEAs that are eligible for the SRSA program but are not eligible for SRSA funds). SRSA is administered by the US Department of Education, and RLIS and REAP-FLEX are administered by the New York State Education Department.
District eligibility for one of the three components of the program (never more than one) is determined by a number of variables including regional density, school population, census poverty data, and the amount of districts’ other NCLB Title allocations. Every year NYSED provides updated information to USDOE, which then calculates LEA eligibility for both program components using this and other data sources.
General Information Links
- ESEA/NCLB Text (see Sections 6201-6234)
- REAP Guidance
- USDOE SRSA website
- USDOE RLIS website
- SRSA and RLIS Funding History