What is weighted student count?
What is the Weighted Student Count? We’ve spent the past two weeks walking through the factors in the BEF formula that allocate additional ADMs to districts in recognition of the additional educational resources needed due to the following factors:
- Moderate poverty
- Acute poverty
- Concentrated poverty
- English Language Learner
- Charter school
For example, a school district that had a 3-year average ADM of 1,081.84 in the 2018-19 formula also had student-weighted add-ons of 373.92 in combined poverty, 7.8 for English language learners, 9.62 for charter schools, and 47.53 for the sparsity size adjustment, resulted in 438.87 add-on ADMs. The weighted student count then is 1,520.7 (1,081.84 plus the 438.87).
Click on the map below to view the total amount of add-on ADMs in the BEF formula.
Returning to Mahanoy SD, the breakdown of weighted student count can be calculated by takign each student component as a percent of weighted student count. The 3-year average ADM was 71.14%, combined poverty was 24.59%, English language learners were 0.51%, charter school component was 0.63% and the sparsity size adjustment was 3.13% of weighted student count.
If you apply these percentages to the total student-weighted BEF $ distribution the school district recieved in 2018-19 of $558,613, you calculate that the 3-year average ADM represented $397,400, poverty represented $137,356, English language learners represented $2,865, charter school component represented $3,532, and the sparsity size adjustment represented $17,460.
Click on the map below to view the dollar value of each student factor based on 2018-19 BEF funding.
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