The Annenberg Institute prepared this report to assist New York State in improving the accuracy and efficiency of its data collection on homeless students, required by both the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and New York State law as a first step to ensuring that these students do not encounter barriers to school attendance and educational success. The report offers specific recommendations to strengthen New York State's data-collection system to provide a more accurate understanding of student homelessness and to better serve homeless students across New York. Funded by the NYS Education Department, this study analyzed:
- indicators of the extent of student homelessness
- the legal context for collecting information;
- identification of homeless students across urban, suburban, and rural districts; and
- challenges to data collection, including confidentiality issues.