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Census School District Review Program


The School District Review Program (SDRP) is a National Center for Education Statistics sponsored program conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every two years. The review is a vital part of the U.S. Census Bureau's allocation of Title I of ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, Pub. L. No. 114-95 § Stat. 1177 (2015-2016).  The Census Bureau uses the district boundaries, along with Census population and income data, to estimate for each school district the number of children age five through 17 in low-income households.  These estimates are the basis of the Title I allocations.

Purpose of the School District Review Program

The purpose of the 2017-18 SDRP is for officials to review the school district boundaries as displayed in the Census TIGER maps that were updated as a result of the previous boundary review cycle.

What do I need to do?

No action is currently required.  The boundary review period for 2017-18 has ended – any boundary changes needed for 2017-18 were required to be reported to the NJ Department of Education by Friday, October 27, 2017.  The 2015-16 Census maps currently in use are located on the Census website.  If you have questions or concerns regarding your district's boundaries, please send an email to