COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 44

December 12, 2008

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2008-2009 Title I, Part A Comparability Report

 

To receive Title I, Part A funds, a school division must verify comparability of services for Title I and non-Title I schools as stipulated in Section 1120(A)(c)of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

 

As a result of a recent federal program monitoring report from the United States Department of Education (USED), two clarifications have been made to the comparability report calculations to ensure compliance with NCLB requirements.

 

The two clarifications are described below:

1.          Although Section 1113(b)(1)(D)(i-iii) allows divisions to elect not to serve an eligible school that has a higher percentage of low-income families than schools being served if the required conditions are met, the skipped schools must be included in the comparability calculations. If your division has skipped schools, the schools will appear in the pre-populated list for purposes of calculating comparability.

2.          When preparing the comparability calculation for your division, only state and locally funded building level staff members who provide direct instruction may be included in the calculations. Federally-funded staff members may not be included in the comparability calculation.

 

The 2008-2009 Title I Comparability Report will be available beginning December 12, 2008, at: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/ssws/login.page.do

Detailed instructions are provided with the Web-based report. The required data should be submitted through the Single Sign-on for Web Systems (SSWS). Once the report has been completed, the division superintendent or designee must sign the verification form and fax it to Mrs. Helen Tucker, administrative support, at 804-371-7347 on or before January 29, 2009.

 

For questions related to the mechanics of this report, please contact Becky Marable, Title I grants and reports manager, by e-mail at Rebecca.Marable@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-0044. For questions related to the programmatic aspects of this report, please contact Gabie Frazier, Title I specialist, by e-mail at Gabie.Frazier@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2907.

 

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