Supplemental Educational Services (SES) is no longer required in the State of Michigan.

Michigan Department of Education ESEA Flexibility Waiver Approved by United States Department of Education July 19, 2012-Impact Upon Supplemental Educational Services (SES)


The Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) request to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for waiver of requirements established by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, was approved on July 19, 2012.  This flexibility approval will allow local school districts more freedom in how they use some of their federal Title I, Part A, and other federal funds, to improve student achievement and close achievement gaps; recognize schools that are meeting or exceeding achievement goals; ensure students have effective educators in their schools; and include in the school accountability scorecard: science, social studies, and writing, in addition to the NCLB-required math and English language arts.  Additional information about the MDE ESEA Flexibility Waiver approved may be found on the MDE website at:,4615,7-140--282806--,00.html


School districts will no longer be required to implement SES in identified buildings effective with the 2012-2013 school year.  The SES tutoring program will no longer be operational effective with the 2012-2013 school year.  The MDE will no longer solicit applications for new SES providers, and will no longer implement or publish a list of MDE-approved SES providers


Supplemental Educational Services 

Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), certain students in schools that have been identified as not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and considered identified for Improvement, Corrective Action, or Restructuring are eligible for Supplemental Educational Services (SES). Supplemental Educational Services are  tutoring, small group, or computer instruction in reading or math provided before or after school, on weekends, or during the summer. 

Tutoring is provided by entities approved by the Michigan Department of Education. These tutoring entities are referred to as "SES Providers."  SES providers may be a local school or school district, a non-profit or for profit business, an institute of higher education (college or university), a faith-based organization, or even a group of teachers.

School Districts are required to annually notify parents of the opportunity for their children to participate in SES. Notifications are generally sent in early in the fall.

Tutoring is provided at no cost to parents. In order to be eligible for SES, two requirements must be met: First, the child must attend a Title I school that is Identified for Improvement - Year 2, or is in Corrective Action or Restructuring. Second, the child must qualify for free or reduced meals.  If you are not sure whether your child is eligible, check with your child's school or the school district office. Neither schools nor tutoring service providers are allowed to make public the names of eligible students. 


Applications are no longer accepted. The proceeding information is provided for historical purposes only.


2012-13    SES Provider Application Information for All Applicants      

Applicant entities seeking to become a MDE-approved SES Provider submitted during the April 1 through April 30, 2012 window for new applicants were notified July 2, 2012. Applicants that submitted an incomplete application were notified that their application was not reviewed and that they may apply next year. 

All decisions made by the MDE are final.  There is no appeal process. 

Electronic Application Process 

The SES Provider Application window was open Sunday, April 1, 2012, through Monday, April 30, 2012. 

There will be NO exceptions made to the application deadline. 

  • Applications must receive a total score of 85 points or higher and receive the minimum number of points in each criterion, in order to be approved.  
  • Applications that receive an overall score of 85 or higher but do not meet the minimum in each criterion will NOT be considered for approval.  

2012-13 SES Sample Provider Application and Rubric    (updated 3-16-2012) 

2012-13 SES Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

2011-12 information for School Districts, Parents and Others 

SES Providers on Corrective Actions 2011-12   

SES Provider Profiles for 2011-12 

SES Provider Reports for 2011-12


2011-12 SES Service Information  




Public School Choice   

Public School Choice is another component of the ESEA.  This initiative requires any Title I school (schoolwide or targeted assistance) that is identified for Improvement, Corrective Action, or Restructuring to offer parents the option to transfer their child to another school that is not so identified.  All students enrolled in the Title I building in this status are eligible to participate in Public School Choice. School districts are required to pay for the transportation to the new school to which the students transfer. 

School districts are required to notify parents of the opportunity to transfer 14 days before the first day of school. Contact your local school district if you are unsure of your school's AYP status.

Public School Choice Non-Regulatory Guidance 



2010-11 SES Service Information  



SES Allocation Information       

The final Title I Regulations of October 2008 require state education agencies (SEAs) to post the following information:  

  • The 20% obligation for Public School Choice (Choice) and Supplemental Educational Services (SES). School districts with Title I schools Identified for Improvement, Corrective Action, or Restructuring are required to obligate an amount up to 20% of their district allocation to pay for Choice and SES. Schools that are in the first year of Identification for School Improvement are not required to offer Supplemental Educational Services (SES).   
  • The annual per-student amount for Supplemental Educational Services (SES). This represents the maximum amount a school district will pay for an individual student to receive SES during the school year.   
  • The amount from the 20% Obligation for Choice and SES that may be used for parent outreach and engagement. This is the amount that a school district may use from the 20% obligation to pay for their efforts to make parents aware of the opportunity to participate in Choice and SES.    

The allocation information may be found here:  

These amounts are based on the  final  Title I allocations for the academic year.  

2009-10 SES Service Information  



Supplemental Educational Services Complaint Process  

The Michigan Department of Education maintains a process for individuals wishing to file a complaint when there are allegations regarding issues with the implementation of SES by school districts or the delivery of services by SES providers.  Individuals wishing to file a complaint must complete a complaint form and return it to the MDE as outlined within the form.

SES Complaint Form  
Complaint Resolution Process  






Evaluation of Supplemental Educational Services  



General SES Information  





SES Information for School Districts  

SES Information for Providers  


Additional Resources  

Contact Information  

  • Greg Olszta, SES Consultant 
  • Jill Thompson, Program Support 

Telephone: 517-373-4226
Fax:  517-241-0247