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The Free-Reduced Price Meal (FRPM) Percentage on Ed-Data

Last updated July 30, 2014

    ​Prior to 2012-13, the Free-Reduced Price Meal (FRPM) percentage on Ed-Data was based on the number of students eligible for free or reduced price meals collected through the ConApp or CARS data collections, divided by the CBEDS enrollment data. These counts were based on students aged 5-17. Since FRPM eligibility counts and CBEDS enrollment were collected differently, this created the possibility that the FRPM count could be larger than the enrollment count, resulting in an FRPM percentage that is greater than 100 in Ed-Data reports for some schools.
     
    In 2012-13, FRPM data and enrollment data were collected through CALPADS for students in grades K-12 with primary and short-term enrollments. However, since enrollment data on Ed-Data does not include short-term enrollments while the FRPM data does, this also created the possibility that the FRPM count could be larger than the enrollment count, resulting in an FRPM percentage that is greater than 100 in Ed-Data reports for some schools.
     
    In 2013-14, FRPM data and enrollment data were also collected through CALPADS for students in grades K-12 with primary and short-term enrollments. Beginning in 2013-14, FRPM counts displayed on Ed-Data reports reflect the inclusion of both primary and short-term enrollments for FRPM eligible students in grades K-12, and the FRPM percentages displayed in Ed-Data reports are calculated using both primary and short-term enrollments in the denominator. As a result, the FRPM percentages displayed on Ed-Data reports from 2013-14 on should not be greater than 100%.

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