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Private School Participation under ESEA

What are Equitable Services?

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law in 1965 and reauthorized as the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015. Titles IA and Title VIII of ESSA mandates provisions for private school students to receive access to equitable services for Title IA, IC, IIA, IIIA, IVA, and IVB. Officials use non-regulatory guidance (NRG) to determine how to ensure equitable services to private school students.

For General Private School FAQs.

Title IA: Improving Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

Title VII:

  • NRG coming soon!

ESEA Equitable Services for Private Schools by LEA

ESEA section 1117 (a)(4)(C), section 8501(a)(4)(C); and 34 CFR section 299.7(a)(4) require the ODE to annually provide information on the amount of funds allocated for equitable services under Title I and Title VIII for each LEA.

Equitable Services Tool Kit

Equitable Services Handbook

​Equitable Services Handbook​ is made available to provide information, tools, templates, and resources to Oregon's school districts and private schools for use throughout the equitable services process.

ESSA Quick Reference Brief: Equitable Services

ESSA Quick Reference Brief: Equitable Services​​ is a short document providing a brief overview of the process of sonsultation between Districts and Private Schools.

2022-2023 Affirmation of Consultation Form

​2022-2023 Affirmation of Consultation Form​​ is the ODE provided form for Districts and Private Schools to complete during consultation. Districts may choose to use their own form as long as it provides a place for Private Schools to indicate whether or not the consultation was meaningful and timely; and whether or not services were provided in a manner that is equitable to public school students. All Affirmation of Consultation forms should be scanned and emailed to the Private School Ombudsman within 30 days of signature and a copy should be maintained by the District. ​

Intent to Participate Letter

​Intent to Participate Letter​ is a template that the District can use to reach out to Private Schools to invite Private Schools to a consultation meeting.

Consultation Timeline

Consultation Timeline​ is a document outlining the suggested timeline of events that should be completed by Districts and Private Schools when determining equitable services.​

Calculating the Proportionate Share

​Calculating the Proportionate Share​​ is an explanation of how to correctly calculate the allocation for equitable services for Title IA and Title III private school students.

General Information and Ombudsman

​General Information and Ombudsman​​ is an overview of the duties and role of the Private School Ombudsman under ESSA.

Complaint Process

​Complaint Process​​ is an overview of how a pricate school should file a complaint if they feel the district did not complete consultation in a timely and meaningful manner, give consideration to the views of the pricate school, and/or provide equitable services.

Title IA Flowchart

Title IA Flowchart​​ is a graphic organizer outlining the flow of discussion that should occur when determining equitable services.​

Title IA Evaluation of Private School Program

​Title IA Evaluation of Private School Program​ is a documnet that provides an explanation of how Districts and Private Schools can evaluate the impact of equitable services on student achievement.

Title IA Sample Program Review

Title IA Sample Program Review​​ is a template Districts and Private Schools can use to evaluate the impact of equitable services on student acievement.​

Title IA Family Income Survey

Title IA Family Income Survey​ is a form that a private school can distribute to families to help the private school determine if they may have students eligible for Title IA equitable services based on family income.​

Title IA Out-of-District Letter

Title IA Out-of-District Letter​ is a template that a District can send to Private Schools who are located outside of its geographic boundaries but does enroll students that reside in one of its Title IA schools. ​

Title IIA Professional Development Plan and Evaluation

​Title IIA Professional Development Plan and Evaluation​ is a template Districts and Private Schools can use to document the use of Title IIA equitable Services.

Title IIA Reimbursement/Stipend Process

​Title IIA Reimbursement/Stipend Process​ is a document that outlines the correct procedures for accessing equitable services by private school employees participating in professional development.

Equitable Services Learning Modules

  • Coming soon!


For more information on this topic, email Janette Newton or call (503) 947-5638.