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Use Of Free And Reduced Lunch Eligibility For Disaggregation Of Academic Achievement Data   

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The Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) requires disaggregation of test results within each state, local educational agency, and school by, among other factors, economically disadvantaged (Section 6311 (b) (3) (I) of Title 20 of the United States Code (20 USC & 6311 (b) (3) (I). Additionally, California Education Code section 60630 requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) to prepare an annual report of the results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program containing an analysis of various factors that appear to have a significant bearing on the results.

Because Aide to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) data is no longer available, eligibility status for free or reduced price meal programs will be used as a proxy for economic disadvantage for both the federal and state reporting requirements. The data will be collected on the student demographic forms for the designated achievement test (Stanford Achievement Test Series, Ninth Edition ('sAT 9") under the STAR Program.

Effective January 1, 1998, school district governing boards may adopt a policy authorizing one

or more specific employees of the school district to use individual records pertaining to pupil eligibility status for participation in any free or reduce price meal program solely for the purpose of disaggregation of academic achievement data (California Education Code section 49558(b) as added by Statues of 1997, Chapter 834, (Assembly Bill 730).

To be in compliance with Education Code section 49558, every school district governing board must adopt a policy to permit the use of individual records pertaining to pupil eligibility status for participation in any free or reduced price meal program solely for the purpose of disaggregation of academic achievement data.

This provision in this adopted policy ensures that:

* Only the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent will use information regarding the eligibility status pertaining to individual pupil and will use that information solely for the purpose stated in the policy.

* Individual indicators of participation in any free or reduced price meal program are not maintained in the permanent record of any pupil,

* Public release of information regarding individual pupil participation in any free or reduced price meal program is not permitted, and the confidentiality provisions required by law are met.

Data will be provided by each district to the California Department of Education (CDE) through the publisher of the designated achievement test, Harcourt Brace Educational Measurement (HBEM), to enable CDE to make the report required by 20 USC section 6311 (b) (3) (I) and to enable the SSPI to prepare the report required by Education Code section 60630. HBEM will transmit the data to CDE without pupil names or other identifiers. HBEM will destroy personally identifiable pupil data when no longer needed for compliance with these reporting requirements.

This use of eligibility status is authorized by the federal statues governing the school lunch programs (42 USC & 1738 (b) (2)(C) (iv), and by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 20 USC & 1232g (1)(C) and (b) (3), and implementing regulations at sections 99.31 (a) (3) and 99.35 (a) of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations); and by California Education Code sections 49076 (a) (3) and 49558. As the publisher of the achievement test designated by the State Board of Education pursuant to Education Code section 60642, BEM is an independent contractor authorized to receive personally identifiable information on individual pupils.

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

WOODLAKE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

Policy WOODLAKE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: April 15, 1998 Woodlake, California