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Data & Statistics on Homelessness

Data about student homelessness are publicly available through several agencies. Data-sets currently include: identification of homeless students, identification of sub-populations of homeless students, and assessment achievement rates.

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Data on Student Homelessness

NYSED Field Memo
New York State Education Department

These spreadsheets contain data on the number of students who experienced homelessness in New York State at any point in the indicated school year. The data were collected by the New York State Education Department in the Student Information Repository System (SIRS) and reflect students enrolled in New York State School Districts and New York State Charter Schools.

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BEDS Data on Student Homelessness

Data on students experiencing homelessness were collected in the Basic Educational Data System (BEDS) prior to 2009-10. This spreadsheet contains BEDS data on students who experienced homelessness, collected from New York State School Districts and New York State Charter Schools in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

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Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR) Data

US Department of Education

Data in New York’s Consolidated State Performance Report were submitted by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to the US Department of Education. Available data include: LEAs with and without subgrants, enrollment and primary nighttime residences of homeless children and youth, subgroups of homeless children and youth (unaccompanied youth, migratory children and youth, children with disabilities, and Limited English Proficient students), and students scoring proficient in reading, mathematics, and science.

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Guides & Fact Sheets

Data Entry in the Student Information Repository System (SIRS) for Students Experiencing Homelessness

NYS-TEACHS

Districts must indicate in their student management systems students who experience homelessness at any point during the year. This guide specifies which codes relate to students identified under the McKinney-Vento Act.

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Forms & Templates

Data Tracking Form for Students in Temporary Housing

School districts must track data on students experiencing homelessness. This optional form may help the district to collect the required data.

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Data on Student Homelessness in NYS

New York State Education Department

These spreadsheets contain data on the number of students who experienced homelessness in New York State at any point in the indicated school year. The data were collected by the New York State Education Department in the Student Information Repository System (SIRS) and reflect students enrolled in New York State School Districts and New York State Charter Schools.

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ED Data Express

ED Data Express includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPR), State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the College Board, and the Department’s Budget Service office.

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Kids Count Data Center

Kids Count provides data in an easy-to-use online database format. It allows you to generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles on a variety of indicators of child well-being.

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Local Poverty Rates & Student Homelessness

Poverty data can be a useful tool for districts in estimating the approximate number of students who may experience homelessness.

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National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statisics (NCES) is the primary federal entity responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States.

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New York State Report Card Data

New York State Education Department

Data in the New York State report cards were submitted by local school district officials to the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Several downloadable files are available, which include information on 3-8 grade assessments, FRPL data, point-in-time enrollment data, graduation rates, and pathways to graduation.

Data broken out by housing status, i.e. whether or not students were identified as homeless, are available in the following files:

- Report Card Database (assessment tabs)
- Enrollment Database

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Research & Reports

SIRS Data on Student Homelessness - 3 Year Summary (2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18)

This spreadsheet contains data on the number of students who experienced homelessness at any point in the school years 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18. The data were collected by the New York State Education Department in the Student Information Repository System (SIRS) and reflect students enrolled in New York State School Districts and New York State Charter Schools.

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SIRS Data on Student Homelessness – 3 Year Summary (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21)

This spreadsheet contains data on the number of students who experienced homelessness at any point in the school years 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21. The data were collected by the New York State Education Department in the Student Information Repository System (SIRS) and reflect students enrolled in New York State School Districts and New York State Charter Schools.

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Guides & Fact Sheets

Students in Temporary Housing: ATS Guide for NYC DOE School Staff

A guide to entering data and running reports on students in temporary housing in ATS (NYC Department of Education’s data system).

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Forms & Templates

Template End-of-Year Letter

NYS-TEACHS

Districts are encouraged to check in with parents whose children are McKinney-Vento eligible (or youth themselves in the case of unaccompanied homeless youth) at the end of each school year to determine whether their housing situation has changed and make appropriate arrangements for the next school year if there has been a change. This template letter can be used to reach out to families for this purpose.

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Laws & Guidance

Title I, Part A Set-Aside for Homeless Students: New Data Collection Procedures, Program Service Code 0892

NYSED Field Memo

This Memo from NYSED (May 2019) describes how LEAs should enter data in their student management systems on students served with Title I, Part A set-aside funds for students experiencing homelessness. Starting in the 2018-19 school year, all LEAs must report this information for individual students through the Student Information Repository System using Program Service Code 0892.

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Total Enrollment and Student Homelessness Data

New York State Education Department

This spreadsheet contains the total student enrollment, number of students identified as homeless, and the student homelessness rate for each school district and charter school in New York State. The data were collected by the New York State Education Department in the Student Information Repository System (SIRS). Details about methodology and definitions are included in the first tab of the spreadsheet.