Demonstrating comparability is a key requirement for accepting Title IA funds. Districts that accept Title IA funds must show that their Title IA schools are funded at the same level as non-Title IA schools – prior to any Title IA allocations [Section 1120A(c)]. This ensures that Title IA funding through NCLB is “supplemental,” in accordance with federal law.
Districts that have at least one Title I school (with 100+ students) in a grade span (elementary, middle, high) that has more than one school, need to conduct comparability. Districts that accept Title IA funds but do not meet these criteria (for example, have only one school in the grade span) do not need to demonstrate comparability.
In 2012-2013, districts once again will compile and report comparability data through the online system using the recommended FTE method. Districts that cannot demonstrate comparability through this FTE method may attempt federally approved alternative methods using the Alternative Comparability Calculator posted below. The reporting window will open in mid October and continue through the end of November 2012. Webinar trainings will be conducted beginning mid-October as well.
To access the online system, each participating district will need to have one respondent authorized by the Superintendent. If your district does not have an authorized respondent already, or your respondent has changed, complete the Respondent Information sheet below and submit it to CDE for assignment of passwords. If your currently authorized respondent plans to continue in that capacity, it is not necessary to re-submit the respondent form.
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