Participation of Children Enrolled in Private Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or other public or private organizations receiving financial assistance to provide equitable participation to eligible participation to eligible private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel in programs under sections 1117(b)(1) (Title I) and 8501(c)(1) (includes Title I Part C; Title II Part A; Title III Part A; and Title IV Parts A and B). The services, materials, or other benefits shall be secular, neutral, and nonideological.

ESSA requires that timely and meaningful consultation occur between the LEA and private school officials prior to any decision that affects the opportunities of eligible private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel to participate in programs under sections 1117 and 8501, and shall continue throughout the implementation and assessment of activities under this section. The goal of consultation is to reach an agreement between the LEA and appropriate private school officials on how to provide equitable and effective programs for eligible private school children under Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; and Title IV, Part A.

Services provided by the LEA must be designed to meet the educational needs and supplement the services provided by the private school. In order to fully participate in services, private school officials will need to collaborate with public school officials to determine student eligibility; how the needs of the students will be identified; how the services (including family engagement activities) provided under each program will meet those needs; and how services will be evaluated. Private school officials may choose to not participate in one or more of the programs under sections 1117 and 8501.

Supporting Documents
18-19 Consultation Affirmation
21st CCLC Consultation Form
FY18 Title I Private School Proportionate Share
FY 18 Title II and IV Private School Share
Ensuring Equitable Services to Private School Children, A Title I Resource Tool Kit
Equitable Services for Private Schools Powerpoint from April 2017
Title I Proportionate Share Calculator
Title II Part A, Title I Part C, Title III Part A and Title IV Part A Proportionate Share Calculator


If you have questions, please contact the South Dakota Department of Education at 605-773-6400.