Data Notes: What You Need to Know About NYC’s Homeless Middle School Students

This infographic is part of the Student Homelessness in New York City series, which sheds light on the more than 140,000 NYC public school students who have experienced homelessness over the past seven years.

The data for this infographic is the New York City Department of Education, unpublished data tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, SY 2010–11 to SY 2016–17.

Students who were identified at any point during SY 2016–17 by the New York City Department of Education as meeting the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness. This includes students in shelter, doubled-up, in hotel/motels, or other temporary arrangements.

Students who lived in a fixed, regular, and adequate housing situation.

Chronic Absenteeism
Missing more than 10%, or more than 18 days, of a 180-day school year.

Mid-Year Transfers
Students who transfer from one school to another at any point during the school year.

State Assessments
Assessments are administered every year for students in grades 3–8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and math. Students who score at levels 3 or 4 on a 4-point scale are considered proficient. Students who have resided in the United States for less than one year are not required to take the ELA exam until the following year. Some students with an IEP may take the New York State Alternate Assessments in place of the statewide assessments.