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Coding, Counting, and Collecting: It’s A Numbers Thing Data Conference August 17-19, 2011 Denise Johnston Homeless Liaison Paulding County School District Deon Quinn, Operations Analyst Outreach Programs Division School Improvement Carolyn Oliver Student Information Systems Coordinator Paulding County School District
Content • McKinney-Vento Act • Homeless Education Data Collection • Local Education Agency (LEA) Responsibility • Paulding County Presenters • Questions
McKinney-Vento Act Program Purpose • Ensure homeless children and youth (HCY) have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth • Ensure access to education and other services needed to ensure that HCY have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held • Facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of HCY • Review and revise laws, regulations, practices, and policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of HCY
McKinney-Vento Act Definition of Homeless Students • Individuals whose nighttime residence is NOT: • Fixed—stationary, permanent, and not subject to change • Regular—used on a predictable, routine, or consistent basis • Adequate—sufficient for meeting both the physical and psychological needs typically met in the home (42 U.S.C.§11434A(2)(B)(i)) Can the student go to the SAME PLACE (fixed) EVERY NIGHT (regular) to sleep in a SAFE AND SUFFICIENT SPACE (adequate)?
Homeless Education Data Collection • State of Georgia FY11 Data • 31,391 homeless children and youth reported • Up 14.83% from FY10 • 41 Georgia LEAs reporting no homeless students • FY10 Data Collection Summary report
Homeless Education Data Collection • The United States Department of Education (US ED) allocates funds to states through a formula based on each State’s share of Title I grants to LEAs (which are largely based on counts of children living in poverty)
Homeless Education Data Collection • US ED conducts an annual federal data collection that includes State and LEA data • Data must be viable and school based • Types of data collected • Performance measures • Homeless student’s residence • Support services received • Barriers
LEA Responsibilities • Homeless Liaison works with LEA Student Information System (SIS) specialist to ensure that the system includes fields for accurate reporting of required data • Homeless Liaison assists LEA SIS specialist with training and disseminating information to appropriate personnel in schools
LEA Responsibilities Data Collection • ENVIRONMENT CODE indicates the type of residential environment in which a student resides or the type of school the student attended at anytime during this school year at this school. Code only those students for whom one of the codes below apply. For students where codes do not apply, leave blank. • *** Used to apply only to Title I students – now applies to ALL students. *** • Data Element ID: STU045 • Layout ID: C045
LEA Responsibilities Primary Nighttime Residence • Shelters • Transitional housing, Awaiting Foster Care • Doubled-up • Living with another family • Unsheltered • Cars, Parks, Campgrounds, Abandoned buildings, Temporary trailer • Hotels/Motels • There is no “Other” category