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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | September 5, 2013

California Kids: Back to School by the Numbers

As children and youth in your area embark on a new school year, we’d like to highlight some new data from that might be useful in your work.

Here’s what we’re looking at as kids head back to school this fall:

1. Overall, the state’s average of one full-time-equivalent school nurse for every 2,815 public school students does not meet the 1:750 ratio recommended by the CDC. Counties and school districts vary widely in their school nurse-to-student ratios.  See data for your county or school district>>

2. Low-income children have made strides in math and reading proficiency in recent years.  For example, see the percentages of low-income, public school 3rd graders scoring proficient or higher in reading over the last decade, as well as economically disadvantaged 10th graders passing the math section of the High School Exit Exam. Though disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status persist in reading and math proficiency, California's economically disadvantaged students made considerable gains between 2004 and 2012.

3. The percentage of students in California public schools eligible for subsidized school meals has been rising since 2008, although the rate of increase has leveled somewhat in the past two years. In 2012, almost 3.5 million California students were eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Check out what’s happening in your own county or school district here.

See School-Related Data in California

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