Elementary and Secondary Education Act(ESEA) - Private Schools
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Private School Participation in Federal Programs

The students, parent/guardians and educators of non-profit, private and religiously-affiliated schools — approved by the Washington State Board of Education — are eligible for benefits provided through several major federal education grant programs. These equitable services can provide a valuable supplement to the core programming and professional development private schools make available.

New information for the 2019–20 school year

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New information for 2019-20 regarding private school participation in Federal Programs.

Webinar - March 21, 2019

USDA Child Nutrition Family Income Guidelines (updated 2019-20)

Sample Interlocal Agreements

Sample Letters

Federal Program Descriptions

Detailed program descriptions available to private schools for equitable services participation.

Affirmation of Consultation

A tool that guides timely and meaningful consultation (updated 2019–20) between districts and private schools, ensuring equitable services for private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel. Complete an Affirmation of Consultation for each private school participating in federal programs under ESSA.

Title I, Part A Record of Agreed Upon Services

This tool applies only to Title I, Part A participation (updated 2019-20) and serves as a Record of the Agreed Upon Services, resulting from the consultation between the school district and private school. Complete this document for each private school that chooses participation in Title I, Part A.

District Directions for Private Schools Participating in Federal Programs

Updated directions (updated 2019–20) that reflect new ESSA requirements for districts.

Private Schools Directions for Participating in Federal Programs (New)

Directions for participation in 2019–20 federal programs.


2019–20 Education Data System (EDS) Log-In Instructions

Complaint Procedures

Districts must provide and explain these complaint procedures (updated 2019-20) to private school officials during the initial consultation process.

Guidance Regarding Out-of-District Private Schools

Out-of-District Private School Guidance (updated 2019–20) is now available for schools. Use this tool to identify private schools that are outside of district boundaries that may be serving students from your district.

Private School Participation in Federal Programs
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Uniform Provisions | Specific Provisions

Equitable Services = Specific, Effective & Allowable
The intent of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is that districts use their federal grant dollars to design programs and services that meet the individual needs of teachers and students in non-public schools.

Benefits to Private School Students and Teachers is a short publication produced by the U.S. Department of Education that outlines the how equitable services must operate in Title I, II, III, IV, V and VI programs.

  • Private Schools and ESSA – This resource describes ESSA and the services available to students and teachers in private schools, from the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

Guidance — Uniform Provisions for Equitable Services

Districts that receive federal funds must provide services to eligible students and teachers in private schools. These services and benefits must be 1) delivered in a timely way, and 2) comparable to the services and benefits the district provides to the children and teachers in its public schools.

  • Non-regulatory guidance — Uniform Provisions (PDF): Title IX, Part E Equitable Services to Eligible Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel, revised March 2009.

Uniform provisions cover these 3 federal programs:

Guidance — Specific Provisions for Equitable Services

Every Student Succeeds Act
Non-regulatory Guidance released in 2016 covers programs included in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Specifically addresses the role of the ESSA Private School Ombudsman, new reporting requirements, and calculating equitable services for Title I,A and Title II,A.

Title I, Part A
Serves the unique needs of children — kindergarten to grade 12 — who struggle to learn. Contact Title I, Part A staff at OSPI.

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006
In private schools, this law makes it possible for staff to participate in professional development and students to take advantage of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Contact Career and Technical Education staff at OSPI.


State Approval for Private Schools
Only state-approved private schools are eligible for equitable services.

U.S. Dept. of Education
Office of Non-Public Education
Liaison to the nonpublic school community for the U.S. Department of Education







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