Elementary and Secondary Education Act(ESEA) - Private Schools
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Private Schools & Non-profits — Approved by the State Board of Education

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.

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.

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.

Complaint Procedures

This is the process for private school officials who believe that timely and meaningful consultation with the local school district has not occurred.


















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







   Updated 3/16/2017

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