PSD offers a variety of student programs that are required by federal law, including the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA).
ESEA is the primary federal law affecting K-12 education. ESEA's main goal is to help all students reach proficiency in English language arts/reading and mathematics. ESEA is built on four pillars:
- Expanded local control and flexibility
- Doing what works based on scientific research
- Accountability for results
- More options for parents
The majority of federal programs target specific populations of students, including low income families, homeless students and students with special needs who do not qualify for services under Special Education.