Equitable Services for Private Schools

April 21, 2020: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by Congress contains a provision that equitable services will be offered to private schools.  The main outreach to provide private schools with details about available services will be conducted by the local public school districts, just as it is with equitable services under ESSA.  As NCDPI receives federal guidance on this new law throughout the spring, we will share more information via this web page and directly to all public school districts.


CONTACT: Talbot Troy 919-807-3792


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), requires that an LEA shall, after timely and meaningful consultation with appropriate private school officials, provide eligible private school children, on an equitable basis, services that address their academic needs. The LEA must also provide support services for the teachers and other educational staff and families of the participating children. Information regarding the consultation process and the provision of equitable services may be found in the resources listed below.

As of May 2018, DPI is awaiting further guidance from the U.S. Department of Education regarding the provision of equitable services under Title I-C, Title III, and Title IV-B.


NC Directory of Private Schools – LEAs are to invite private schools in this list to consult regarding equitable services that may be offered during the 2020-21 school year.

Memo to Private School Officials Regarding Equitable Services  (PDF)

Affirmation of Notification, Invitation & Consultation for Private School Equitable Services, revised February 2020
(docx, 27kb)

Summary of Topics for Consultation and Statement of Assurances
(pdf, 125kb)

Spring 2019 Webinar: Equitable Services Updates
(pdf, 889kb)

Notice of Allocations of Equitable Service Funding for 2017-18
(pdf, 351kb)

June 2019: Frequently Asked Questions about Equitable Services
(PDF, 38kb)

Formulas for Calculating Proportioinate Share Amounts

Proportionate Share Calculator


November 2016 Non-Regulatory Guidance: Fiscal Changes and Equitable Services Requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

March 2009 Non-Regulatory Guidance: Title IX, Part E, Uniform Provisions Subpart 1—Private Schools
(pdf, 485kb)

September 2006: Ensuring Equitable Services to Private School Children -- A Title I Resource Tool Kit
(pdf, 1.7mb)

October 2003 USED Non-Regulatory Guidance: Title I Services to Eligible Private
(pdf, 327kb)

Title I-A: Providing Equitable Services to Eligible Private School Children, Teachers and Families (USED Non-Regulatory Guidance, October 2019)