Under Title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to provide services for eligible private school students. Specifically, section 8501 of Title VIII, requires a participating 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 under the following programs: Title I, Part C; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; Title IV, Part A; and, Title IV, Part B.
Colorado Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education
- Fiscal Changes and Equitable Services Requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (Released November 2016) (PDF)
- Title IX, Part E Uniform Provisions – Equitable Services for Eligible Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel (Released March 2009) (DOC)
- Title III, Part A – English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement: Equitable Services to Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel (Released July 2015) (PDF)
For additional information, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public Education website.
Note: Guidance released under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is still in force under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 unless specifically displaced by statutory language or more recently released guidance.
For additional information regarding the provision of equitable services, contact the Ombudsman for Equitable Services: Colleen Brooks, 303-866-3897