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Equitable Services Implementation Plan (ESIP)

ESIP is the U. S. Department of Education’s plan to assist State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) to improve the implementation of the equitable services requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for eligible students enrolled in nonprofit private elementary and secondary schools and, as applicable, their teachers and parents.

Promoting and Encouraging Promising Practices

To foster the use of promising practices that improve the implementation of equitable services requirements under the ESEA and IDEA in order to improve student academic achievement, the Department will:

  • Encourage States, if they have not done so already, to establish a State-level private school working group, or similar structure, to oversee and facilitate effective communication and meaningful collaboration among nonprofit private elementary and secondary schools, the SEA and LEAs to ensure timely and meaningful implementation of equitable services requirements.
  • Identify examples of promising practices for implementing equitable services requirements at the State and local level and disseminate this information through webinars, the Department’s website and other appropriate mechanisms.
  • Encourage SEAs and LEAs to be transparent in the implementation of the ESEA and IDEA equitable services requirements by posting protocols, pertinent documents and data on their websites. (One such example could be the information obtained from LEAs through the record-keeping requirements under the IDEA (34 CFR §300.132(c)) for parentally placed private school children with disabilities.)


Developing an Equitable Services Working Group

Contact ONPE at onpe@ed.gov.

Last Modified: 09/11/2015