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School District (Local Educational Agency or LEA)
Identified Student Percentage (ISP)
Participation in CEP
Student Enrollment (Where Available)
The 2015-2016 database includes data for all schools eligible for community eligibility and indicates whether they have adopted it. A school is considered eligible for the Community Eligibility Provision if its Identified Student Percentage (ISP) is 40 percent or above or if it is participating as part of a group of schools with an ISP of 40 percent or above. If a district groups schools or participates district-wide, the district adds all of the Identified Students across the participating schools and divides this total by the enrollment across all the participating schools.
The database shows ISP and student enrollment data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) from state agencies between September 2015 and February 2016. When these data were not provided, the database shows the ISP data published by state agencies in May 2015. Most states provided group ISP data for schools that have adopted community eligibility as part of a group. When states did not provide school-level enrollment data, none are included in this database.
For eligible schools that have not adopted community eligibility, the ISP data reported are actual or proxy ISP data. When actual ISP data were not available for individual schools, the state reported proxy ISP data as permitted by USDA. Proxy data are merely an indicator of potential eligibility, not the basis for eligibility. ISP ranges are shown where provided by the state in lieu of an exact percentage. School districts may rely on more recent or complete data than that published in May 2015 as the basis for eligibility.
The schools are color-coded by ISP according to the following legend:
|ISP 60% and higher|
*Some participating schools appear only under the “All” category. These schools are participating as part of a group with a group ISP above 40 percent, but the group ISP was not provided.
The database includes 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Guam and Ohio did not publish a list of schools eligible for community eligibility.
The database includes enrollment data for 339 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District in California that adopted community eligibility in March 2016. ISPs for these schools were not available as of the time of publication.
For 1,510 schools in Illinois that are eligible for community eligibility but have not adopted it, the state published ISP categories in lieu of exact ISPs. These schools are classified according to the ISP legend. Maryland and Kentucky provided reimbursement rates instead of ISPs, which were used to calculate ISPs.
For schools that are eligible for community eligibility but have not adopted it, Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin provided proxy ISP data. California, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Oregon provided proxy ISP data for some schools that are eligible for community eligibility and actual ISP data for others.
For their participating schools, 42 states and the District of Columbia provided group ISP data. Georgia, Guam, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and New Hampshire provided individual ISP data.
Some schools reported ISPs greater than 100 percent: 13 schools in Indiana, two schools in Mississippi, and 18 schools in Oklahoma. Another 11 schools that are missing ISP data have been included and categorized accordingly in the database because their eligibility for CEP is known: two schools in Georgia, six schools in Idaho, one school in Maine, and two schools in Nebraska.
Schools may be eligible for community eligibility even if they are not included in this database. The schools may have more accurate data than the proxy data published by states. In addition, several states did not indicate eligibility for several of their schools: two schools in Arizona, 15 schools in California, one school in Delaware, 39 schools in Illinois, nine schools in Indiana, three schools in Louisiana, one school in Maine, 11 schools in Missouri, 423 schools in Nebraska, 144 schools in Texas, and 186 schools in Wisconsin. These schools are not included in the database.