Auxiliary services includes school counseling, benchmark screening services, psychological services, services for exceptional children, remedial services, speech and hearing services, services for the improvement of the educationally disadvantaged (such as, but not limited to, teaching English as a second language), and other secular, neutral, non-ideological services of a supplementary and remedial nature.
These state-funded services are provided directly by the local intermediate unit to students enrolled in a nonprofit private school within the Intermediate Unit. The school must affirm the eligibility of students and facilitate the delivery of services. The local Intermediate Unit makes the final determination regarding what services shall be provided after consulting with the non-public school to determine which general categories of children shall receive services, what services shall be provided, how and where the services shall be provided and how the services shall be evaluated. These are not services that would carry an individualized entitlement for students but, rather, are provided subject to limitations of funding appropriated annually in the state budget. Services may be provided in the schools which students attend or in other settings mutually agreed upon by the school and Intermediate Unit (subject to the extent permitted by the Pennsylvania and US constitutions).
A full description of Auxiliary Services and the regulations governing service delivery can be found at Chapter 112 – Auxiliary Services for Non-public School Students.
Requests for services are initiated by the non-public school in response to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s online enrollment questionnaire each fall (PNPE Report). Services provided in each IU are determined by:
- (1) those already offered in area school districts;
- (2) established student need based on consultation with administrators;
- (3) budgetary limitations, and
- (4) the supply of qualified personnel, materials and equipment.
The role of the NEIU Act 89 Program is to provide supplemental services to students in regular education programs. The program may not provide special education programs for students who are officially identified nor may Act 89 services be presented or perceived as a substitute for special education placement. Students identified as exceptional prior to entrance in a non-public school, however, may be enrolled in Act 89 programs as long as they benefit from the program and time is available for instruction.
Eligible students are Pennsylvania residents parentally placed in qualifying non-profit K-12 non-public schools on a full-time basis. The following students are not funded by Act 89 and, subsequently, are not eligible for non-public education services:
- Preschool students
- Home school students
- Students whose primary residence is outside of Pennsylvania
- Students for whom tuition is paid by the Commonwealth
IU 19 currently provides the following services under Act 89: Auxiliary Services for Non-public School Students:
- Reading and Math Remedial Support
- School Counseling Services
- Academic and Behavior Concerns (ABC) Council
- Equitable Participation
Reading and Math Remedial Support
Remedial Mission Statement
The Act 89 Program Specialists knowledge and training will be built upon current curriculum, research-based materials and best instructional interventions. Their work will support and enhance the non-public and private school systems.
In an effort to prevent a learning gap, our mission is to provide early intervention to students who demonstrate social-emotional and/or academic challenges or deficits. Our efforts will be collaborative with the non-public and private schools. As Act 89/Title I specialists, we will lead data- driven decision-making teams to identify, plan, intervene, implement and review interventions.
Remedial specialists employed by NEIU provide instruction in basic reading and/or mathematics skills to students in the non-public schools through a comprehensive program of referral, diagnosis, prescription, and instruction.
The remedial specialist works with the classroom teacher, administrator, other appropriate school personnel, and parents to provide a program that directly supplements the regular school curriculum. Teachers may also choose to work with small groups within the regular classroom.
Individualized instructional goals and objectives are designed to promote students’ success and progress. The remedial specialist continuously monitors student progress. The successful attainment of individual goals and objectives results in the student’s departure from the remedial program. The student’s progress in his/her regular class is carefully monitored by the remedial specialist and classroom teachers to assure success.
- Act 89 Program Overview — Click here to access a presentation about how the Act 89 Program is delivered in our member schools.
- Reading and Math Remediation Process Diagram– Click here to access a diagram detailing the remediation process.
- Act 89 Math Toolkit – Click here to access a variety of K-5 math resources for the classroom or virtually.
- Act 89 Handbook – Click here to access the Act 89 handbook that highlights the compact between parents, schools, and teachers.
- Reading/Math Referral Form – Click here to access a paper copy of the referral form.
- Follett Shelf – Click to gain access to eBooks which are free for your classroom use.
- User name: iu19nonpub Password: nonpubnonpub
For more information contact:
Director of Educational Programs and Services
1200 Line Street, Archbald, PA 18403
(for website, click on name)