ESSA Equitable Services Guidance
This guidance document from the U.S. Department of Education provides language for the implementation of equitable services for non-public school students and teachers according to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The complete document is available here.
ESSA makes a number of changes to the equitable services requirements for private school students. This guidance document discusses these specific changes and is designed to support State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools in implementing ESSA. New or revised requirements are presented in a shaded box.
The Equitable Services provisions are detailed in a question and answer format on pages 23-41. These responses pertain to changes in the law and should be used in conjunction with previous guidance documents issued by the U.S. Department of Education. If provisions have not been changed by ESSA, the 2009 Title IX Equitable Services guidance still applies.
The changes made by ESSA to the State formula-grant programs discussed in this guidance take effect beginning in the 2017−2018 school year. The U.S. Department of Education is issuing guidance with respect to these specific changes now to provide SEAs, LEAs, and schools with timely information to support SEAs, LEAs, and schools in meeting their obligations under the ESSA for the 2017−2018 school year.
Additional guidance documents have been issued for these Titles of ESSA that require equitable services for students, teachers and other educational personnel in non-public schools.
Title II, Part A: Building Systems of Support for Excellent Teaching and Leading
Title III: English Learners
Title IV: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
All Titles: Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments (ESEA emphasizes the use of evidence-based activities, strategies, and interventions. This guidance is designed to help SEAs, LEAs, schools and educators generate, use and share evidence about effective strategies to support students and accelerate learning.)