Tabulations for school districts are requested from all five ACS 1-year releases; all three 3-year releases; and the one 5-year release for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, as allowed under disclosure restrictions based on the size of each district. Most likely the tabulations for school attendance areas will be possible only using the 5-year ACS.
For all school districts, the most recent geographic boundaries, as recorded in the Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) database, should be used. In the case study districts, the School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS) has provided digitized boundaries and linkages to the National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES’) Common Core of Data (CCD) for school attendance areas.
Identifying Public School Students
ACS person-level variables are used to define public school students:
Measuring Eligibility for Schools Meals Programs
ACS variables are used to categorize each student according to eligibility (FREE, REDUCED PRICE, FULL PRICE):
AGEP > 19 and REL = 11, 12, or 15 (no adult nonrelatives who are not unmarried partners), then:
If any person in HH has PAP greater than zero (someone receiving public assistance income), then FREE.
1 This change allows us to include prekindergarten students if a school includes prekindergarten among its grades.