Research and Evaluation
An Evaluation of the Prince George’s County Public School System’s Homeless Education Program, SY2005–2006 


This evaluation examines the extent to which the Homeless Education Program (HEP) during SY2005–2006 was in conformance with the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act. In addition, the evaluation examines the academic performance of homeless students and the structural barriers that limit implementation of the HEP. A mixed method design was used to address the evaluation questions developed for this study. The primary sources of data included survey and interview data from key stakeholders, such as parents of homeless students, HEP staff, principals, shelter staff, and Department of Social Services (DSS) staff. Secondary sources of data included the PGCPS Student Information Database, Maryland Student Assessment (MSA) and High School Assessment (HSA), and Homeless Students Service Forms (HSSFs). The school system fully implemented and complied with all pertinent regulations and agreements with three (outreach activities, presence of contact person in each school for homeless education issues, and website for the HEP) of the six components of the HEP program elements. Compliance with requirements relating to enrollment procedures, transportation, and forms were partially met.  For the most part, homeless students had access to educational services, educational programs, and social services in compliance with federal law and state regulations and comparable to those provided to non-homeless students. The school system complied with MSDE regulations regarding provision of training to school system personnel and county service providers on the educational rights of homeless students. All structural components (i.e., an expedited grievance process, a designated Compliance Officer, and a Homeless Education Study Group) were in place and functioning during SY2005–2006. Progress was made in the MSA and the HSA assessments; however, homeless student performance continued to lag behind that of non-homeless students. Analyses of survey and interview data obtained from the key stakeholders suggest that some barriers still exist to impede full implementation of the HEP in the areas of enrollment, staffing, and record keeping and data management. Parent survey and staff interview data suggested that the demand for residency, legal guardianship, and physical examination documentations were barriers that impeded immediate enrollment of homeless students.

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