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Verification Process: 3 Sample Sizes and Methods of Selection

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Verification Process:3 Sample Sizes and Methods of Selection

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- DPI’s School Nutrition website has an “index”
http://fns.dpi.wi.gov/fns_topics

- Index is alphabetically organized by topic: Verification is located under letter “V”
- Check each school year (SY) for current Verification Forms (16 pages) and Verification Report Instructions

- Verification Process is explained in the “Eligibility Manual for School Meals” August 2013, (Referred to as EM)
- Terms related to the Free and Reduced-price eligibility process (are helpful to understand parts of verification) - -EM Part 1: B
- Verification Terms - - -EM Part 8: A

- Sampling Methods: EM Part 8: E
- Verification For Cause: Part 8: D and the USDA Memo SP13-2012
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/policy.htm

- Direct Verification (optional)
EM Part 1: B and Part 9

http://fns.dpi.wi.gov/fns_fincou1#verification

“Verification Forms” contains:

- Reminders on specific situations, pages 2-3
- 3 sample size methods: worksheet for each, pg 4-6
- Notification that household will be verified, pg 7-8
- Collateral contacts (prototype forms), pg 9-11
- Direct Verification (prototype forms), pg 12-13
- Notification of results & Tracker form, pg 14-15
- Fair Hearing Procedure, page 16

Standard: lesser of 3% or 3000 apps from error-prone paper applications

Alternate 1: lesser of 3% or 3000 apps selected randomly

Alternate 2: lesser of 1% or 1000 apps selected first from error-prone apps;

PLUS .5% of apps with case #

EM Part 8: B, C, E, F

Choice is based on last school year’s verification results

- Standard sampling must be selected by SFA’s if preceding school year non-response rate was equal to or greater than 20%
- Large LEA’s (more than 20,000 students approved by October 1 for free or reduced by application) with greater than 20% non-response but showed at least a 10% improvement in non-response rate may select any of the 3 sampling methods
- LEA’s with less than 20% non-response rate may select any of the 3 sampling methods

Standard Sampling

Step 1:

Count the total number of free & reduced-price meal applications for the current school yearapproved and on file as of October 1

EM Part 8: E

Standard Sampling

Step 2:

Multiply total number of all currently approved applications on October 1 X .03 (3%) = number of applications to verify (must be selected from error prone)

OR

3,000 error prone applications approved on October 1, whichever is less

Round all decimals up to the next whole number

Must select at least one application to verify

if 3% of total is less than one

Standard Sampling

Step 3:

Sort Applications

“Error Prone” Applications identified with household income within $100 of monthly (or $1,200 of yearly) Income Eligibility Guidelines

“Non – Error Prone” Applications are all other approved applications (based on income or categorical eligibility or Foster Care paper app)

EM Part 8: A

Standard Sampling

Step 4:

- Select required number of applications from
the error-prone income applications

- If there are not enough error-prone income
applications to meet your sample size,

randomly select from all current school year (SY) paper applications until required total number to verify is chosen

- Alternate #1 Sample Size: select randomly. Each household application has an equal chance of being selected
- Alternate #2 Sample Size: must do 2 math calculations to determine sample size. May require sorting applications into specific piles by type: error-prone income, 10 digit case number & Foster child applications.
EM Part 8: B, C, E, F

These sampling methods can only be selected by:

- An LEA with a non-response rate on Verification
of less than 20% in the previous school year

2. An LEA with more than 20,000 children approved in the current year for free and reduced-price meals by application as of October 1 when its non-response rate for the preceding school year is at least 10% below the non-response rate for the second preceding school year

- 3% or 3,000 of all current school year approved household applications, whichever is less
- All paper applications: (categorically eligible, which are: FoodShare/SNAP, W-2 cash benefits/TANF, or FDPIR case numbers), Foster Care, and income apps must have an equal chance of being selected
- Randomly select the required number of applications to be verified

Multiply total number of current year approved applications on October 1 by .03 (3%) = number of applications to verify (select at random from all current school year approved applications)

OR

3,000 applications approved by October 1 of current school year, whichever is less (select at random from all current approved applications)

Round all decimals up to the next whole number

Must select at least one application –

if 3% of total applications is less than one

1% (.01) or 1,000 of all current year applications approved by the LEA by October 1, whichever is less and also - - - calculate

One-half of one percent .5% (0.005) of current year

applications approved by October 1 based on

FoodShare/SNAP, W-2 cash benefits/TANF, FDPIR

case numbers & Foster Care paper applications

Add both numbers together = # to verify!

EM Part 8: E, F

Randomly select applications from error-prone

applications approved based on income

If there are not enough error-prone income

applications, randomly select from all applications until

the required total number is chosen

plus

Randomly select from paper applications approved for

benefits based on case number and Foster Care

1% (.01) X _____ total number of all current year applications approved on/by October 1 OR 1,000 applications, whichever is less {Must randomly select from error-prone income applications} Must select at least 1 app - if 1% of total is less than one.

AND

Applications approved based on FoodShare, W-2 cash benefits, FDPIR case numbers & Foster Care paper applications

.5% (.005) X _____ total number of current year applications approved based on case numbers & Foster OR 500 applications, whichever is less. Must select at least one application - if .5% of total is less than one.

Adding these 2 numbers together equals the Alternate 2 sample size!

Check the computer system to ensure that:

- it selects appropriate sample size
- it selects error-prone applications for the
Standard and Alternate #2 sample sizes

- all letters to households generated by the computer system contain the required current school year Privacy Act and Non-Discrimination Statement
EM Part 2: C, E, F, G; Part 8: E, F, G, H, K, P & SNT Mailing April 25, 2013 Web-based Direct Certification

QUESTIONS

About

Verification?

Contact any

School Nutrition Program Consultant

Directory posted at:

http://fns.dpi.wi.gov/fns_sntdirectory