How is a campus’ economically disadvantaged rate determined for accountability? Now that all students can eat free, do free and reduced lunch forms still need to be collected? Does economically disadvantaged status need to be reported?
Economically disadvantaged PEIMS codes 01, 02, and 99 are used for accountability. Districts are still required to collect household socioeconomic information and annually report in PEIMS the economically disadvantaged status for each child. This requirement is wholly independent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements for providing meals. This TAA reemphasizes the importance of reporting this data. Economically disadvantaged data are used widely throughout the agency as well as for reporting to the U.S. Department of Education.