Why is College Board using the federal estimated child poverty rate percentage instead of free and reduced price lunch (FRLP) eligibility to determine the amount of low-income student support to provide?

Districts and schools that administer the SAT Suite of Assessments have raised concerns about their ability to identify students for fee waivers and benefits based on FRLP eligibility for several years. Recent federal and state policy changes have also made it more challenging to know which students are eligible. The federal estimated child poverty rate percentage is updated annually, does not require districts or schools to provide any validation or documentation, and is used to allocate funds for other federal and state programs.

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