Economically disadvantaged students by school district

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Why This Indicator Matters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Program (CEP) has created an important and exciting opportunity for schools with a relatively large share of low-income students to increase the number of students who receive free meals. This program identifies and counts eligible low-income students by matching student data with data from other state programs (“direct certification”) to create what is known as the “economically disadvantaged” measure. While the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has been making significant progress with the implementation of Community Eligibility, the automated data matching process that directly certifies eligible students currently fails to identify a large number of low-income students. See Direct Certification for School Meals: Feeding Students, Counting Kids, Funding Schools.
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