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Economically disadvantaged public school students in Louisiana

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Number - registered students who are considered economically disadvantaged.
Percent - registered students who are considered economically disadvantaged per 100 registered students.

Data Source

Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.


Data for Recovery School District schools, charter schools and city district schools are reflected in the parish-level data of the parish in which the school is located. Data for the following schools and school systems are not included in parish-level data, but are reflected in the statewide totals: Special School District, Louisiana School For Math, Science & the Arts, Louisiana School for the Deaf, Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Louisiana Special Education Center, Community School for Apprenticeship Learning, Inc., virtual schools, and LA Office of Juvenile Justice. 

Data reflect October total enrollment counts.

Prior to the 2014-2015 school year, Louisiana reported data for "students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch," a commonly used measure of the number of low-income children enrolled in public school. Since 2014, high-poverty schools and districts have been able to opt into the "Community Eligibility Program" (CEP), which allows them to provide free meals to all students. Due to participation in the CEP, many districts and schools no longer collect forms for free and reduced-price lunch students. As a result, since 2014, Louisiana uses a new method to measure the number of low-income students in public schools, reporting this category as “Economically Disadvantaged.” Economically Disadvantaged data reflects students eligible for certain public benefits (SNAP, D-SNAP, TANF and Medicaid), students eligible for free or reduced-price meals, as well as students who are English language learners, homeless, migrant, in foster care, or incarcerated. 

Last Updated

December 2023