1. How are the digitized school areas (boundaries) determined and how frequently are they updated?

  2. Would you be willing to provide the panel with results of geocoding student address lists using TIGER line files to evaluate an alternative approach to obtaining geographical information about and deriving estimates for school attendance areas?

  3. Does your district use the data on numbers of children certified for free or reduced-price meals for other purposes? If so, please list programs, how much funding is involved, and the source of the funding (state, local, and other).

  4. Does your district have up-to-date information about the number of charter and magnet school students and their participation in the school meals programs? Do you have data about the number of children in home-schooling? Do you have information about students attending schools outside the school attendance boundaries because of open enrollment or public school choice programs?


State level questions to be asked during telephone conversations with case study states. Initial contact is via letter to the state director who over-sees school nutrition (chief state school officer).

  1. At the state level, how do you use the data on free and reduced-price students?

  2. Do you use the numbers in state allocation formulas? If so, what do you use in Provision 2 and Provision 3 districts where they no longer take applications?

  3. What would be the impact if a district no longer took applications and relied on American Community Survey (ACS) data for claiming percentages?

  4. Does your state maintain a database with the information from schools or school districts that are rolled up to complete the Form FNS-10 for the state? If so, for how many years are the data available? Can you separately identify the Provision 2 or Provision 3 schools or districts in the database? Can you identify the base years?

  5. Has your state conducted an analysis to help schools determine whether they would benefit from Provision 2 or Provision 3? If so, can the panel obtain a copy?

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