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Economically Disadvantaged Students


Economically Disadvantaged Students

What does this measure?

The share of students who are economically disadvantaged. Economic disadvantage is based on a student's participation in social safety net programs.

Why is this important?

This measure not only shows the proportion of low-income students and families in an area, it is also an indication of the potential challenges facing schools as they work to educate children who have fewer resources.

How is our county doing?

In 2018, 34% of students in the Essex County were economically disadvantaged, above the statewide rate of 32%. Essex County's rate has increased from 28% in 2015, rising at a similar rate to the state.

Of the 42 school districts and charter schools in Essex County with data in 2018, 18 had economically disadvantaged students make up more than 25% of their student body, and 8 had rates of 50% or more. The Lawrence School District at 64%, followed by the Lawrence Family Development Charter and the Lynn School District (at 60% and 59%) had the highest rates in Essex County.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Middlesex, MA had an economically disadvantaged rate that was 13 percentage points less than Essex County, at 21%. Middlesex has increased by 4 percentage points from 2015 to 2018, in comparison to Essex's 6.

Notes about the data

Data is from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students are considered economically disadvantaged if they participate in one or more of the following state-administered programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC); the Department of Children and Families' (DCF) foster care program; and MassHealth (Medicaid). It is important to note that a lower share of students is identified as economically disadvantaged under this measure than was identified under the previously used free or reduced-price lunch measure. Data for this measure is not available prior to 2015. National data is not available for this measure.

Economically Disadvantaged Students
2015201620172018
Essex County, MA28%30%32%34%
Middlesex County, MA17%18%20%21%
Massachusetts26%27%30%32%
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury18%21%22%23%
Amesbury Academy Charter Public52%
Andover6%6%6%7%
Beverly22%24%26%26%
Boxford2%3%4%5%
Community Day Charter Public School - Gateway55%46%51%51%
Community Day Charter Public School - Prospect48%49%48%54%
Community Day Charter Public School - R. Kingman Webster47%50%49%52%
Danvers16%17%16%16%
Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical18%21%21%18%
Georgetown7%9%9%9%
Gloucester31%34%35%37%
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical48%48%52%53%
Hamilton-Wenham6%7%7%7%
Haverhill38%41%45%47%
Hill View Montessori Charter Public16%16%15%18%
Ipswich12%12%12%14%
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter43%44%48%51%
Lawrence62%63%65%64%
Lawrence Family Development Charter60%55%55%60%
Lynn46%47%52%59%
Lynnfield6%7%7%8%
Manchester Essex Regional6%8%8%8%
Marblehead9%9%9%10%
Marblehead Community Charter Public5%4%3%11%
Masconomet4%5%6%6%
Methuen28%30%32%35%
Middleton8%8%8%9%
Nahant17%16%20%20%
Newburyport7%8%9%10%
North Andover11%11%13%14%
Peabody26%27%30%31%
Pentucket9%10%10%12%
River Valley Charter6%6%6%8%
Rockport15%17%17%18%
Salem43%44%47%49%
Salem Academy Charter27%31%32%31%
Saugus23%25%27%29%
Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter27%24%25%29%
Swampscott12%13%14%15%
Topsfield3%6%7%4%
Triton15%17%18%21%
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical23%25%29%30%

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




Number of Economically Disadvantaged Students
2015201620172018
Essex County, MA32,93534,53737,02139,377
Middlesex County, MA37,28539,57943,71246,798
Massachusetts251,026260,998288,465305,203
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury401466482501
Amesbury Academy Charter Public24
Andover334382376416
Beverly9741,0641,1611,155
Boxford15232839
Community Day Charter Public School - Gateway110110142164
Community Day Charter Public School - Prospect190196193215
Community Day Charter Public School - R. Kingman Webster93121136167
Danvers566616547559
Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical201254274253
Georgetown99125127132
Gloucester9289891,0171,063
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical651672768796
Hamilton-Wenham109128122120
Haverhill2,7563,0273,3623,530
Hill View Montessori Charter Public50504555
Ipswich220220221246
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter368453575687
Lawrence8,5728,6138,9918,875
Lawrence Family Development Charter404383392440
Lynn6,8707,1017,9049,098
Lynnfield136157145169
Manchester Essex Regional92113111112
Marblehead278276293301
Marblehead Community Charter Public129724
Masconomet75103110113
Methuen1,9632,1232,1902,410
Middleton58575561
Nahant29242829
Newburyport174183206225
North Andover513532607694
Peabody1,5611,5921,7891,839
Pentucket235247260290
River Valley Charter16171822
Rockport144159154163
Salem1,7921,6571,7591,808
Salem Academy Charter100132141146
Saugus612671689740
Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter157138140164
Swampscott260302315324
Topsfield17364427
Triton420456462529
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical294333381373

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




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