Title I, Part A

MEMORANDUM

TO: Title I Directors, LEA Representatives

FROM: John Moorse, Director, Division of Student Support

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Federal Title Programs

SUBJECT: Minnesota Title I Comparability Report for SY 2014-2015

DATE: May 16, 2014

Due: November 30, 2014

The comparability provision under Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 ensures that all schools, both Title I and non-Title I schools, receive their fair share of state and local funds. Documenting comparability is accomplished by comparing student/staff ratios and average staff salaries between Title I and non-Title I schools using the method described in the Title I Comparability Requirement Guidelines.

Please download the Minnesota Title I Comparability Report Form, for school year 2014-2015, which includes Title I Comparability Requirement Guidelines for completing the form. This report and appropriate backup information must be kept on file at the district for five years and made available upon request to local, state, and federal authorities for auditing and/or program review purposes.

If the LEA does not meet the Comparability requirement based on the current measurement method (Student/Instructional Staff Ratio) selected by The Minnesota Department of Education, the LEA may choose one of the other applicable methodologies highlighted in the Non-Regulatory Guidance on Title I Fiscal Issues Revised February 2008.

To view additional federal guidance regarding Title I Comparability refer to the websites listed below:

Title I, Part A Fiscal Guide

Title I, Part A Guidance

If it is determined that the district or charter school does not need to show comparability, please complete the District Identification Information on the Comparability Report form, check Box A, sign and return to the Minnesota Department of Education, ESEA Federal Programs Division, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, Minnesota 55113-4266. NOTE: An original signature is required.

If it is determined that the district or charter school does need to show comparability please complete, sign and return the Comparability Report form to the Minnesota Department of Education, ESEA Federal Programs Division, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, Minnesota 55113-4266.

If a district has a Title I school which is found to be out of the range for compliance, the district must put additional staff and/or funds into the Title I school at district expense until the school is in compliance.

If you need assistance or have any questions completing this report, please contact your Area Director or the ESEA Federal Title Programs at 651-582-8579 to speak with an area director.