Title II Resources
Title II Waivers -- High Poverty Definition

The U.S. Department examined several methods to determine the high poverty districts for the Title II waiver data collection. The Department decided to adopt a state approach since it will not be comparing states with one another. Using the Census data, which have been mapped to school districts, we calculated a child poverty rate for each district in your state. The child poverty rate is number of children age 5-17 divided by the total number of children age 5-17 living in the district.

The child poverty rates were rank ordered from highest to lowest. The rates were rounded to the nearest 100th. Any district falling into the top quartile (the top 25%) have been defined as "high poverty". There is no numeric adjustment.

The district boundaries were mapped with 2000 Census Data. The poverty numbers are from the 1997 Poverty Update. If you'd like to learn more about how Census arrived at its poverty estimates, follow this link:


The Census file includes only regular school districts with the following NCES codes (this is the standard NCES district definition):

  1. local school district that is not a component of a supervisory union
  2. local school district component of a supervisory union sharing a superintendent and administrative services with other local school districts.

It does NOT include

  • charter schools
  • DoD Schools (although non-DoDS public school on military bases are included because these are part of the regular public school system).



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