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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 SY2011 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. Of the 132,834 students enrolled in PGCPS during the 2010–2011 school year, 2,729 (2.1%) were known to have experienced homelessness. This represents the same percent as SY2010, but is the highest PGCPS student homelessness rate since SY2007.  The demographic composition of homeless students compared to non-homeless students in SY2011 was disproportionately African-American, female, and students receiving special services such as special education and English language services. Most (61.9%) homeless students were enrolled in PGCPS before they experienced their first incidence of homelessness, and nearly all (99.6%) non-enrolled students were enrolled immediately (i.e., within one day or less). Nine in ten (91.0%) homeless students were provided transportation services within three days. Nearly all (99.96%) homeless students were provided with free and reduced price meals (FARMS) during SY2011. Relative to non-homeless students, smaller proportions of homeless students were proficient or better on the reading and math MSA in all grades, with the gap differing by grade. Homeless students did not perform as well as non-homeless students on the English HSA, but outperformed their non-homeless counterparts on the Algebra HSA in SY2011. In terms of GPA, larger proportions of homeless students were on the high and low ends of performance, while more non-homeless students performed in the average range. The attendance rates of homeless students were lower than for non-homeless students, regardless of grade grouping, with the overall gap in attendance rate being 6.1 percentage points.

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