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
Private School Participation in Federal Programs
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Equitable Services: What you need to know to participate in 2017–18 Presentation (PDF/90 slides) | Webcast
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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.
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:
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.
This is the process for private school officials who believe that timely and meaningful consultation with the local school district has not occurred.