Private Schools: Equitable Services under ESSA

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, requires a participating Local Educational Agency (LEA) to provide eligible children attending private elementary and secondary schools, their teachers and their families with services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers, and their families.

These services are considered supplemental assistance to address the specific needs of eligible students attending private schools, their families, and their teachers rather than the general needs of a private school. 

While the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) provides funding to LEAs for services to students attending private schools, ADE does not regulate,  accredit, or provide oversight of private schools. As a result, when a private school closes, student transcripts are not stored at ADE.

Information on Equitable Services under ESSA:

Equitable Services Forms Date
ESSA Affirmation of Consultation with Private Schools Form (SY 2023-2024)   3/15/2023
ESSA Affirmation of Consultation Information Sheet9//8/2023
Sample Title I Non-Public Family Income Survey2/25/2023

Trainings & DocumentsDate
 ESSA Equitable Services Webinar                                                                3/15/2023
 ESSA Equitable Services FAQs9/8/2023
ADE List of Known Arkansas Private Schools by County5/23/2023 (updated annually)

Title I Equitable Services Non-Regulatory Guidance                         5/17/2023
Title VIII Equitable Services Non-Regulatory Guidance7/17/2023
Within-District Allocations Under Title I, Part A Non-Regulatory Guidance     2/2022


    For more information, please contact:

    Elizabeth Gomez, Program Director 
    Arkansas Department of Education
    Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Special Education and Federal Program
    Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone: 501-682-5295
    Fax: 501-682-5136

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