So what do you guys think of the new reassignment plan?
As some of you have already noticed, the LI (low income) percentages at high schools are way higher than what's normally reported.
Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney explained that the LI percentages used in the plan for high schools and middle schools are based on data from elementary students. They determined the LI percentage for each secondary school by looking at their nodes to see how many elementary students get free- and reduced-price lunch.
Dulaney said you get a more accurate number using elementary school data because older students are less likely to apply for subsidized lunches, especially at high school. For instance, the F&R percentage is 33 percent at elementary school but only 22 percent at high schools.
This explains why the LI percentage on Cary High's data sheets shows 38.5 percent instead of the much lower F&R percentages that range from 24 to 27 percent.