Service Provider Applicants
An approved supplemental educational services provider must meet specified criteria for providing services in English language arts (including reading), and/or mathematics in order to help students achieve New Yorks learning standards. Entities eligible to apply to provide supplemental educational services may include, but are not limited to: community based organizations, charter schools, private schools, public schools, libraries, private companies, institutions of higher education, family literacy programs/Even Start programs, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and faith-based organizations.
All SES Providers (current Providers as well as applicants) should note the following:
- Supplemental Educational Services are supposed to be fully implemented at the beginning of the school year (see: US Secretary of Education Rod Paige's letterto Chief State School Officers, dated August 28, 2003).
- A school district that has been designated as a Title I District in Need of Improvement may not be a Provider of Supplemental Educational Services.
- According to the Differentiated Accountability Pilot, all Title I schools identified for improvement (Improvement, Corrective Action or Restructuring phase) must offer students supplemental educational services. Under NCLB regulations schools must determine their eligibility to offer services and report it to the Education Department.
- Title I schools (2011-12) List contains Title I Status, and indicates which schools are identified for improvement.
During the application process, applicants are invited to submit an application and response to a "Request for Qualifications" (RFQ) to be reviewed by NYSED. After these RFQs have been reviewed, approved applicants will be placed in NYSED's "Approved Supplemental Educational Services Provider" (ASESP) catalog.
In addition, applicants should research the necessary legal documents required in the RFQ. Several of these legal documents involve a lengthy processing time. For more information, visit the New York State Education's Office of Counsel website at http://www.counsel.nysed.gov/
In November of 2008, US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings finalized several new regulations that affect the implementation of SES. As prospective providers complete their applications, they should reflect upon and address applicable regulations in their technical proposals. The new regulations can be found on the USDOE website.