Megan Budnik

Document Type

Honors Thesis


This project seeks to explore the impact free universal meals has on standardized test scores. The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows eligible schools to provide USDA school meals at no charge to all students in high-poverty schools. Student demographic and testing data was collected using school report cards from the Texas Education Agency and meal data was collected from the Food Research and Action Center. Statistical analysis is presented using a Linear Regression Analysis model in RStudio comparing STAAR test scores in DFW and individual school participation in the CEP program. Research concluded the dependent variable of students meeting STAAR expectations was statistically significant, and a school participating in CEP increased the number of students who meets grade level by 5%.

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