Using Model Estimates of Poverty in Schools

Eligibility for free and reduced-price lunch is not always the most reliable measure for comparing school-level economic need because these measures often vary by state and across time. A new, Urban-created measure—Model Estimates of Poverty in Schools—estimates the school-level share of students from households with incomes at or below the federal poverty level between fall 2013 and fall 2018. This measure can help those conducting research across states or years and policymakers who want to understand how a school’s socioeconomic characteristics may have changed over time.

Join Urban Institute experts as they provide an opportunity to learn about the challenges of using free and reduced-price lunch measures, explain how and how not to use the new poverty in schools measure, and demonstrate how to access the tool and explore the data in a hands-on workshop.



  • Kristin Blagg, Senior Research Associate, Center on Education Data and Policy, Urban Institute
  • Emily Gutierrez, Research Associate, Center on Education Data and Policy, Urban Institute


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Register for this virtual event Date & Time Thursday, August 25, 2022
3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
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