Title I, Part A - Comparability of Services Requirement

Comparability of Services is a fiscal requirement for recipients of Title I, Part A funds under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. This requirement is an assessment of services provided at Title I, Part A and Non-Title I, Part A campuses. Local education agencies (LEA) that receive Title I, Part A funds must use their state and local funds to provide comparable services at their campuses receiving Title I, Part A funds and their campuses that are not receiving Title I, Part A funds.

If all campuses in an LEA receive Title I, Part A funds, then one of the following conditions is required:

  • State and local funds used to provide services at Title I, Part A campuses are substantially comparable, taken as a whole, at each Title I campus.
  • State and local funds used to provide services at Title I, Part A campuses with higher percentages of low income students are equal to or greater than the services provided at Title I, Part A campuses with lower percentages of low-income students.

LEA Requirements

The following sections explain what is required of your LEA.

All LEAs

All LEAs must complete and submit a Comparability Assurance Document (CAD), regardless of whether they receive Title I, Part A funding. Refer to these instructions for information on how to complete the CAD. Instructions for accessing and submitting the CAD are in the GFFC Reports and Data Collections section below.

Non-Exempt LEAs

The CAD lists the criteria an LEA must meet to be exempt from comparability testing. If your organization does not meet any of the criteria listed on the CAD, you must complete and submit a Comparability Computation Form (CCF). Refer to these instructions for information on how to complete the CCF. Instructions for accessing and submitting the CCF are in the GFFC Reports and Data Collections section below.

TEA Guidance

The sections below provide guidance from TEA regarding Comparability of Services.

Comparability of Services Guidance Handbook

For more information about the comparability of services, you may refer to the Title I, Part A Comparability of Services Guidance Handbook.

Training Modules

In addition to the guidance handbook, we have provided several Comparability Training Modules to help your organization gain a better understanding of Comparability of Services requirement.

GFFC Reports and Data Collections

All federal fiscal compliance data, including the CAD and CCF should be submitted in GFFC Reports and Data Collections. GFFC Reports and Data Collections is accessible through TEA's TEASE or TEAL secure application portal. Instructions for requesting access and using the tool are listed below.

How to Request Access to GFFC Reports and Data Collections

If you do not have a TEASE or TEAL account, visit the TEA Login page and select the Request New User Account link.

If you do have a TEASE or TEAL account, follow these steps below to request access to GFFC Reports and Data Collections:

  1. Log on to TEASE or TEAL. Select the Add/Modify Application Access button near the top right corner of the TEASE Application List screen.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select GFFC Reports and Data Collections. Click Continue.
  3. Select the appropriate role, LEA or ESC.
  4. On the next screen select Send Request.

Your access request must be approved by the superintendent or designated official. It takes approximately one week for TEA to process the approved access request.

How to Download or Upload a Document to GFFC Reports and Data Collections

Follow these steps below to download or upload documents:

  1. Log on to TEASE or TEAL.
  2. Select GFFC Reports and Data Collections.
  3. Select Download Response Templates.
  4. Select the appropriate template title (i.e., Comparability Assurance Document; Comparability Computation Form) from the drop-down list.

Once the document is completed, follow these steps to upload:

  1. Log on to TEASE or TEAL.
  2. Select GFFC Reports and Data Collections.
  3. Select Upload Response Templates.
  4. Select the appropriate template title (i.e., Comparability Assurance Document; Comparability Computation Form) from the drop-down list.
  5. Browse for the file.
  6. Select Upload Document.

Federal Guidance

Use the links listed below to view the federal regulations concerning comparability:


Additional guidance will be posted on this page as it becomes available. If you would like to be notified when updates occur, please subscribe to the Grants Administration and Federal Program Compliance listserv.

For more information, contact:

Division of Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting
(512) 463-9127
compliance@tea.state.tx.us

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