Comparability is a fiscal requirement intended to demonstrate a local school district is using Title I funds to supplement, and not supplant, non-federal funds that would otherwise be used for authorized activities under Title I, Part A. If all of the schools in a grade span are Title I schools, meeting comparability means that the district provides services in the higher poverty Title I schools that are at least comparable to that which the district provides in the lower poverty Title I schools. A district is comparable if it implements a district-wide salary schedule and has procedures that ensure equivalence among schools in the allocation of staff, curriculum materials and instructional supplies. A comparability study compares the distribution of state and local resources among the schools that include those grade spans providing Title I services.
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