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 An Evaluation of the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ (PGCPS) Homeless Education Program, SY2012

Erika D. Taylor, Ph.D. & Cecily Darden Adams



The SY2012 evaluation of PGCPS’ Homeless Education Program (HEP) studies the extent to which homeless students have access to educational programs, services and transportation by examining: (1) the PGCPS homeless student population, (2) the extent to which homeless students’ services were delivered in compliance with local and federal regulations, and (3) the academic performance and engagement of homeless students compared to similar non-homeless students. Since SY2010, the incidence of homelessness among PGCPS students has remained stable at approximately 2 percent, after notable increases between SY2007 and SY2009. In SY2012, homeless students were disproportionately African-American and students receiving special education services, while English speakers of other languages were underrepresented. Despite a high level of service, the results indicate that the HEP was in full compliance with only one of the three service provision requirements during SY2012 (transportation). Targets for immediate enrollment and meals service provision were narrowly missed. On the SY2012 Maryland School Assessments (MSAs), homeless students in elementary and middle schools were outperformed by non-homeless students in mathematics and reading at every grade level. On the SY2012 High School Assessments (HSAs), homeless students did not perform as well as non-homeless students in English, but performed as well as their non-homeless counterparts in Algebra. The analyses indicate that homeless students were less engaged than non-homeless students, regardless of grade level, with lower attendance rates and suspension rates that were twice that of non-homeless students. Based on these findings, the evaluators made five recommendations to the HEP that were aimed at fostering continuous program improvement to support homeless students’ outcomes.

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