Compensatory Education

Chapter 1's Comparability of Services Provision Gao ID: HRD-87-102 August 27, 1987

GAO reviewed states' implementation of the comparability-of-services provision of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981.

GAO noted that the provision requires that children living in areas receiving assistance under the act not receive fewer state- and local-funded services than children in areas not receiving such assistance. GAO found that: (1) there is confusion among the states concerning the need to maintain documentation to demonstrate comparability; (2) the majority of the states adopted means of measuring comparability that were less restrictive than formerly required and relaxed the percentage of variance allowed in determining comparability compliance between schools in the same school district; and (3) the lack of uniformity among states' definitions of instructional staff could result in assisted schools having fewer classroom teachers per student than unassisted schools in the same school district.


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