U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Program

Goal 8: To ensure access of homeless children and youth to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as is provided to other children and youth.
Objective 1 of 1: HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH WILL HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO A FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 4: Public schools: An increasing percentage of homeless children and youth will enroll in public schools and will attend school regularly.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of homeless children and youth enrolled in grades K-12, as reported by states
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
78
 
2000
67
82
2001
87
87

Percentage of homeless children and youth in grades K-12 attending school, as reported by states
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1996
55
 
1997
45
 
2000
77
59
2001
87
82
Status: Unable to judge.  

Explanation: We have not had consistent data on attendance in the past, making it difficult to judge progress. Moreover, there has been a positive trend in enrollment since the inception of the program and recent data show good progress in 2000 for K-12.
Source: Other Survey/Research

Frequency: Other.
Validated By: NCES/Federal Statistical Agencies.

Limitations: States' methods of data collection vary, and the resulting data are not uniform. The Department is assessing options for shifting the data collection requirements from the SEAs to the Secretary.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 4: An increasing number of homeless children and youth will have access to all Federal programs and state-sponsored academic programs.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of states reporting increased access to Title I
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1998
29
 
2001
 
31

Number of states reporting increased access to special education
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
14
 
2000
 
16

Number of states reporting increased access to Head Start
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
16
 
2000
 
18
Status: No current data but progress toward target is likely. There are no 2001 data available.

Explanation: Prior data collections and evaluations show that there has been progress toward meeting this goal since the inception of the program. It is likely that this trend will continue in the future.  
Additional Source Information: Unpublished tabulations, followup to the National Evaluation, 1998.

Frequency: Other.
Validated By: Experienced Public/Private Entity.
The contractor applied internal verification procedures.

Limitations: The Department is assessing options for shifting the data collection requirements from the SEAs to the Secretary, and to include all reporting requirements in one data collection activity.

 
Indicator 8.1.3 of 4: Eliminating barriers: Decreasing numbers of states will report transportation, immunization, and residency requirements as barriers to access to education.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of States
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Immunization Residency Guardianship Transportation
Immunization Residency Guardianship Transportation
1997
6 13 18
     
2000
     
4 11 16
Status: No current data but progress toward target is likely.

Explanation: Prior data collections and evaluations show that there has been progress toward meeting this goal since the inception of the program. It is likely that this trend will continue in the future.  
Additional Source Information: Unpublished tabulations, follow-up to the National Evaluation, 1998.

Frequency: Other.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: Same as 1.2.

 
Indicator 8.1.4 of 4: Preschool-age children: An increasing percentage of preschool-age homeless children will enroll in preschool programs.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of preschool-age homeless children
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1998
21
 
2001
16
25
Status: No current data but progress toward target is likely.

Explanation: 1998 was the first year that data were reported.  
Additional Source Information: Triennial State Data Collection Report, 1998.

Frequency: Other.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.

Limitations: Same as Indicator 1.2.

 

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