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Unduplicated Student Poverty & EL Designation Data

Downloadable files pertaining to unduplicated free and reduced price meals data and English learner (EL) designation data from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) system.

Note: This data file is not intended for use by Child Nutrition program sponsors.

The 2013 Governor’s Budget includes a proposal for basing the local educational agencies’ (LEA) funding on a new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which consists primarily of base, supplemental and concentration funding. The supplemental and concentration funding would be based on an unduplicated count of English Learners (ELs) and students eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals (FRPM). In order to obtain an unduplicated count of EL and FRPM eligible students, the California Department of Education (CDE) must rely on data sourced from student-level data collected in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). Without student-level data, it is not possible to determine an unduplicated count of students who are eligible for FRPM or who are designated as EL students.

To assist various stakeholders in using the same data source to run funding simulations for the supplemental and concentration factors used in the LCFF, the CDE has made available the following summary-level data that LEAs certified in CALPADS as part of their 2012–13 Fall 1 submission. The certified data in this file reflect the unduplicated counts of ELs and students eligible for FRPM primarily or short-term enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 on Census Day (October 3, 2012). The file includes LEA and charter school level aggregates. All charter schools are displayed separately. LEA totals do not include charter schools.

Cautions About the Data

As part of the Fall 1 submission, LEAs certify an unduplicated count of students eligible for FRPM. This count includes students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals based on applying for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or who are determined to meet the same income eligibility criteria as the NSLP, through their local schools; and students who are automatically eligible for free meals based on their foster, migrant, or homeless status, or because they were “directly certified” as being eligible for free meals based on their participation in California’s food stamp program. It should be noted that schools on an NSLP provision 2 or 3 status are prohibited from collecting FRPM applications for individual students. Therefore the counts for provision 2 or 3 schools do not necessarily include students who are considered FRPM eligible based on household income. The file identifies whether LEAs have schools with a provision 2 or 3 status. As a result, users of these data should understand that the LEA counts that include FRPM data for provision 2 and 3 schools may not accurately reflect FRPM eligibility at those schools and therefore the LEA as a whole. The file also does not make any adjustments for the number of years a given student is designated as an English Learner. The file includes an EL count that is simply the number of EL students enrolled at a school on Census Day regardless of the number of years the student has been an English Learner.

LEA and Charter School Data Files

Year of Data File File Structure
2012–13 Unduplicated Student Poverty and English Learner Designation Data 2012 (XLS; 1MB; Posted 18-Mar-2013) File Structure: Student Poverty and EL Designation

The First Principal Apportionment (P-1) External link opens in new window or tab. Web page contains the 2012–13 Average Daily Attendance (ADA) data that may be used for base funding projections.

Questions:   Data Reporting Office | dro@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-0219
CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | calpads@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-6738
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