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2015 - 2016 School District Review Program (SDRP)

This web site provides a location for interested state and local school officials to review and download 2015-2016 SDRP information and materials. Please note: The Census Bureau requests that state school district officials submit school district boundary information that reflects the 2015-2016 school districts as they will exist on January 1, 2016.

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The scope of the 2015-2016 School District Review Program (SDRP) is for state officials to review the Census Bureau's 2013-2014 school district information and to provide the Census Bureau with updates and corrections to the school district names and Federal Local Education Agency (LEA) identification numbers, school district boundaries, and the grade ranges for which a school district is financially responsible.

The 2015-2016 SDRP encompasses only Type 1 and Type 2 school districts as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Type 1 is a local school district that is not a component of a supervisory union, and Type 2 is a local school district component of a supervisory union sharing a superintendent and administrative services with other local school districts.

Information and Background

The Census Bureau creates special tabulations of census data by school district geography. These tabulations provide detailed demographic characteristics of the nation's public school systems and offer one of the largest single sources of children's demographic characteristics currently available. Information is distributed through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Link to a non-federal Web site

The School District Review Program (SDRP), conducted by the Census Bureau every two years, is of vital importance for each state's allocation under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law (P.L.) 107-110. The school district information obtained through this program, along with the 2010 Census population data, survey data, current population estimates, federal tax information, and tabulations of administrative records data, are used in forming the Census Bureau's estimates of the number of children aged 5 through 17 in low-income families for each school district. These estimates of the number of children in low-income families residing within each school district are the basis of the Title I allocation for each school district.

The SDRP consists of two phases – the Annotation Phase and the Verification Phase. In the Annotation Phase, the Census Bureau provides state officials with materials containing the Census Bureau's most current school district boundaries and information for their state. This data is reviewed and any changes in the school district boundaries or attributes are reported to the Census Bureau. In the Verification Phase, state officials review the results of any changes submitted, after the Census Bureau has incorporated those changes into the Master Address File (MAF)/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) System.


  • June 2015 – National Center for Education Statistics letter is sent to Title I coordinators asking for designation of a school district mapping coordinator for each state and the District of Columbia.
  • August 2015 – Mailout of program instructions and annotation materials to designated state school district mapping coordinators begins.
  • December 2015 – Deadline for submitting school district changes during the annotation phase. We strongly encourage our partners to submit changes as soon as possible rather than waiting until this deadline. If your state is submitting more than 25 changes, please send them on a flow basis rather than waiting to send changes for the entire state.
  • March 2016 – Review of verification materials.
  • November 2016 – Release of preliminary estimates based on the updated school district geographic framework.
PLEASE NOTE:  The Census Bureau released updated school district boundaries submitted during the 2013-2014 SDRP in our 2014 TIGER/Line shapefile product. These shapefiles can be found on the TIGER/Line shapefile and TIGER/Line file page. In addition, state participants and local school district officials can view their updated school district boundaries by using the Census Bureau's TIGERweb web-based application that allows users to view their school district boundaries and other geographic entities online. The TIGERweb application is a simple way for anyone to view our TIGER data without having to download the data.


Annotation Phase Program Materials

Program materials for the annotation phase, including digital files, program guidelines, and other files containing school district information, will be mailed to state participants on DVD in August 2015, and will also be made available on this SDRP website. State participants and local school district officials can view their updated school district boundaries submitted during the 2013-2014 SDRP by using the Census Bureau's TIGERweb web-based application that allows users to view their school district boundaries and other geographic entities online.

Note on Digital Boundary Submissions:

Procedures for the submission of school district boundaries from state Geographic Information System (GIS) files have changed. The Census Bureau will no longer provide school district boundary maps in PDF or paper formats for participants to review. Annotation materials will contain digital extracts from our spatial database called MAF/TIGER database - MAF/TIGER stands for Master Address File (MAF)/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) Data Base (MTDB). SDRP participants wishing to make boundary updates and corrections to their school district boundaries must use the MAF/TIGER Partnership Software (MTPS), which is a customized PC-based software application offered by the Census Bureau, free of charge, to support this program. The MTPS allows participants to review, update and submit all requested school district changes or corrections. The SDRP participants will also receive spatial and tabular data along with the MTPS.

Please select a state from the menu to download shapefiles:

Download Guidelines and Submission Log [ZIP]

Download the MTPS [ZIP] - Requires a user name and password available by contacting us.

Please contact us if your state is interested in downloading or learning more about the MTPS. If your state is planning to submit your boundaries digitally with your own software program, please contact us as soon as possible. Due to technical and processing issues, the Census Bureau can not accept non-MTPS digital submissions for upload into the MTDB.

Verification Phase Program Materials

Verification Phase information and materials will be made available in March 2016.

Training Webinars for Mapping Coordinators

The Census Bureau will host a training webinar in October 2015. Additional information concerning the webinar will be provided to mapping coordinators in September.

Related Topics

For more information on related topics, see:

  • Population and poverty estimates by school district geography, or contact the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division of the Census Bureau at 301-763-3193.
  • Decennial census data by school district geography, or contact the Census Bureau Call Center at 1-800-923-8282.

Contact Information

U.S. Census Bureau
School District Review Program
Phone:  (301) 763-1099

If you have questions about the school districts in your state, contact your state mapping coordinator [PDF].

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: August 27, 2015