New Mexico - Public Education Department

TITLE I COMPARABILITY

Under Title I, districts are required to maintain comparability and will be held accountable for non-comparable schools. Therefore, a district may receive Title I funds only if it uses state and local funds to provide services in Title I schools. This does include Title I charter schools, that are at least comparable to the services provided in schools that are not receiving Title I funds. 

If the district serves all of its schools with Title I funds, then it must use state and local funds to provide services that are substantially comparable in each Title I school.

Individual schools with enrollments of less than 100 are not to be considered in determining compliance with comparability requirements. Also, districts with only one school per grade span are exempt from the comparability requirement.

The following items should be noted:

  1. Comparability figures are compiled using state and local funding sources.  No federal or other funding sources are to be used in the calculations.
  2. State funds expended for bilingual and special education may be excluded in determining compliance with comparability requirements. (Maintain documentation for all exclusions.)
  3. A district is comparable if it is within EITHER the 110 percent of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) OR 90 percent of salaries for all schools. It does not have to meet both criteria; however, the district must choose one and apply it consistently when comparing schools.
  4. The dates for data collection are based on the district's 40th day Average Daily Membership (ADM).
  5. Districts receiving migrant funds must ensure that schools with migrant programs are included as Title I schools in comparability determinations, whether or not they have regular Title I programs.
  6. Comparability must be maintained throughout the year.
  7. The Title I Bureau of the NMPED collects Comparability Reports annually through Web EPSS & Monitoring system.

Under Title I, districts are required to maintain comparability and will be held accountable for non-comparable schools. Please be prepared to submit your report each winter. If you find, in compiling the report that you are not comparable, you must make necessary adjustments to assure you are comparable.

Contact Person:
Louie Torrez
Louie.Torrez@state.nm.us
(505) 827-1864

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