Educational Opportunity and Equity Division

Providers of Supplemental Educational Services (SES) under Title I Part A

Thursday, April 1, 2010, 3:16 pm

Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, states are prohibited from approving schools indentified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring and local educational agencies (LEAs) identified for improvement or corrective action to become approved providers of supplemental educational services (SES) (34 C.F.R. §200.47(b)(1)(iv)(A), (B)).  Also under the law, the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) may approve as an SES provider only an entity that has a demonstrated record of effectiveness in increasing student academic achievement.
The OPI believes that these schools and LEAs may be able to establish that they have an effective program that can help improve academic achievement of students and should not be prevented automatically from gaining approval simply because of their improvement status.  The United States Department of Education (US ED) may release new regulations this summer that may allow states to approve these LEAs and schools to become approved providers.
Montana’s window to apply to become an approved provider opens May 1, 2010, and it closes June 30, 2010.  Due to the late release date of the proposed new regulations from US ED, the OPI will open a second window to receive applications when we have a new final regulation.  However, this second window will be for Montana LEAs and schools only.  The application can be found on the OPI website under Title I, Part A, Improving Basic Programs, Supplemental Educational Services.

For more information, contact Jack O'Connor, 444-3083