If any person in HH with REL = 11, 12, or 15 has PAP > 0, then FREE (someone in second economic unit received public assistance income).


Compute sum of PINCP for all persons in HH with REL = 11, 12, or 15. Compute the count of such persons. Compute lunch index as ratio of sum of PINCP to poverty guidelines associated with number of people (using guidelines appropriate to year of ACS).

If lunch index less than or equal to 130, then FREE;
If lunch index greater than 130 and less than or equal to 185, then REDUCED PRICE;
If lunch index greater than 185, then FULL PRICE.


The goal is to obtain SAIPE-like estimates of the percentages of public school students who are eligible for free and for reduced-price school meals, and their standard errors. The ACS-based estimates for these quantities are defined above.

The panel would like to have SAIPE-like estimates for all school districts (and states and counties) in the country for each year 2005-2009. We would also like estimates for the school attendance areas in the five case study districts. We assume that the latter would be derived using a shares-based approach that is similar to the approach used to derive school district estimates.

The panel realizes that preparing these tabulations requires adaptation of the current SAIPE model, and the time frame of the study is short. Nonetheless, the SAIPE-like estimates will provide a proof of concept for using small-area estimates of eligibility for schools and school districts.

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