TABLE 5-19 Step 6: Calculate Initial Claiming Percentages and Make Final Decision About Adopting the AEO

 
  Benchmarked Eligibility Percentage (2008) (%) (Assumed) Base-Year Participation Rate (%) Initial Claiming Percentage (%)
District Free Reduced Price Free Reduced Price Full Price Free Reduced Price Full Price
 
Austin, Texas 53 8 91 79 44 67 9 24
Chatham County, Georgia 52 5 80 79 58 59 6 35
Norfolk, Virginia 51 10 82 78 53 59 11 30
Omaha, Nebraska 54 12 97 91 71 60 12 28
Pajaro Valley, California 60 9 73 59 33 74 9 17
 

NOTES: It is assumed that offering free meals to all students during the American Community Survey (ACS) Eligibility Option (AEO) base year will increase participation rates among students otherwise eligible for free, reduced-price, and full-price meals by 5, 7, and 10 percentage points, respectively, relative to the participation rates during the prior year, when the meals programs were operated under traditional procedures. The actual participation effects of offering free meals to all students could be substantially different from what is assumed for one of these districts or any other particular district.
SOURCE: Prepared by the panel.

TABLE 5-20 Step 7a: Benchmark Newly Released ACS Eligibility Percentages

 
  Unbenchmarked 1-Year ACS Estimate (2009) (%) Benchmarking Adjustment (%) Benchmarked Eligibility Percentage (2009) (%)
District Free Reduced Price Free Reduced Price Free Reduced Price
 
Austin, Texas 49 10 15 -2 63 8
Chatham County, Georgia 39 14 18 -7 57 7
Norfolk, Virginia 44 7 1 -3 45 4
Omaha, Nebraska 46 11 11 0 58 11
Pajaro Valley, California 37 14 23 -9 60 5
 

NOTE: ACS = American Community Survey.
SOURCE: Prepared by the panel.



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