Tag Archives: children in poverty

School District Demographic Trends: 2010-2015

.. data and tools to examine how school districts of interest are changing … based on total population, the largest 10 school districts in 2015, all experienced an increase in total population over the period 2010-2015. Five of these districts had a decrease in school age population (ages 5-17 years). Four of these districts had a decrease in the number of related children in families ages 5-17 years. See characteristics of districts in this interactive table. See the related Web section for more details.

School Districts with 2015 Population 100,000 or More
More than 600 of the total 13,245 school districts have a total 2015 population of 100,000 or more (red markers).

– view developed with CVGIS software and related GIS project.

Using New 2015 Estimates Released December 2016
– for use in 2017 ESEA Title I Allocations
Analyze annual demographic data for each U.S. school district for the period 2010 through 2015. These data include the Federal official 2015 estimates available for all districts. Developed for use as inputs for the ESEA Title I allocation formula, the data have broader uses of interest to school district demographics stakeholders. Use the interactive table in this section to view, rank, compare, query demographic characteristics of districts of interest.

The annual estimates for each school district include:
• total population
• number of children ages 5 to 17
• number of related children ages 5 to 17 in families in poverty

Using Interactive Data Tools
Use the interactive table to view, rank, compare, query ZIP codes based on a selection of demographic measures. The following graphics illustrate how the table can be used. Click graphic for larger view.

Total Population — 10 districts with largest change 2010-15
– ranked descending on rightmost column

– click graphic for larger view.

School Age Population — 10 districts with largest change 2010-15
– ranked descending on rightmost column

– click graphic for larger view.

Related Children Ages 5-17 in Poverty
– 10 districts with largest change 2010-15
– ranked descending on rightmost column

– click graphic for larger view.

Try it yourself. Use the table to examine a set of districts on your selected criteria in for a state/area of interest.

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About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

Children in Poverty by School District

.. in the context of “decision-making information,” this section is about using current estimates of the number of children in poverty by school district for each of the more than 14,000 school districts. This measure/estimate is used as a basis for allocation of Federal funds to school districts under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act., the largest Federal school district funding program. These data have far broader uses, providing insights to economic prosperity among children by school district. See related Web section for more details and use of an interactive table to rank and compare school districts.

Percent School Age Children in Poverty
Phoenix, AZ Area Elementary School Districts


View developed with CV XE GIS software.
Click graphic for larger view with more details; labeled with percent in poverty.

In 2013, 15 percent of all school districts had poverty rates greater than 30 percent for the population of school-age children in families. For the U.S. overall, the number of related children ages 5 to 17 in families in poverty (10,957,266) was 20.4 percent of the total number of children ages 5 to 17 (53,715,325).

As of December 2014, we have new 2013 school district estimates of the total population, number of grade relevant children ages 5 to 17, and number of grade relevant related children ages 5 to 17 in families in poverty. These data are based on Census Bureau estimates developed annually under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Education.

These data are used as an input to the allocation formula for Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Title I program distributes funding to school districts based on the number and percentage of low-income children. The U.S. Department of Education will use these 2013 estimates to allocate fiscal year 2015 funds for Title I and other programs to states and school districts for use primarily in the 2015-16 school year.

Percent Children in Poverty by School District, 2013
The following graphic shows the grade relevant children in poverty as a percent of total grade relevant children by school district.

View developed with CV XE GIS software. Click graphic for larger view.

The above view shows all school districts (elementary, secondary and unified). In states such as California and Illinois, where two school districts may cover an intersecting area (e.g, an elementary and a secondary) some poverty incidence might be masked. The larger view shows that districts are shown as three layers (ESD, SSD, USD) — each layer uses the same shapefile with a query placed on type of district selected. With all three layers checked, ESDs are shown above SSDs and above USDs. See these additional views (click links to open map views):
Houston Metro; unified districts layer only; districts labeled with percent children in poverty
Arizona & southwest region; unified districts layer only; districts labeled with percent children in poverty
Arizona & southwest region; all district types; unified districts labeled with percent children in poverty

Interactive Table
The following graphic is a view of the interactive table — click here to use interactive table — showing the largest California school districts based on the number of grade relevant school age children. Note the wide-ranging variation in the rightmost column showing the percent of school age children in poverty.

Click graphic for larger view.

Related Data
2013-14 School District Boundary Files (shapefiles)
ACS 2012 School District Demographic-Economic interactive tables
    General Demographics .. Social Characteristics .. Economic Characteristics .. Housing Characteristics
ACS 2012 Children’s Demographics by School District – school district profiles

Support Using these Resources
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