Non-Public (Private) School Equitable Services Under ESSA

 As with prior authorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains provisions aimed at making certain forms of assistance available to children attending non-public schools. Under ESSA, changes to the pre-existing non-public school equitable services requirements include how to determine and communicate equitable funding information, details regarding the public school district-private school consultation process, and the establishment of a newly required ombudsman position at the state level.

U.S. Department of Education Guidance on ESSA Equitable Services for Non-Public Schools

ESSA Changes to Equitable Services for Private School Students​  docx format of ESSA Changes to Equitable Services for Private School S

Consultation with Private Schools

Affirmation of Consultation and Agreement with Participating Non-Public School Officials under ESSA  docx format of Affirmation of Consultation and Agreement with Particip

Calculation of Equitable Share for Private Schools

Collecting Poverty Data and Generating Funds for Services to Eligible Private School Children  docx format of Collecting Poverty Data & Generating Funds for Service

FY18 Title I Private School Equitable Share Estimates (using FY17 data)  xlsx format of FY18 Title I Private School Equitable Share Estimates

Calculating Equitable Shares when Flexing Funds  docx format of Calculating Equitable Shares when Flexing Funds

Tool for Calculating Equitable Shares when Flexing  xlsx format of Tool for Calculating Equitable Shares when Flexing

 ESSA Ombudsman

Under ESSA, each state must designate an ombudsman to monitor and ensure ESEA equitable services requirements are carried out under both Title I and Title VIII (comprising Titles II-A, III-A, and Title IV-A&B) of the law.

Ombudsman Contact Information:

Russ Fleming
Equitable Services Ombudsman
781-338-6259
ESEAequitableservices@doe.mass.edu