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Student Weight Status Category Reporting System: 2008-2010

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created Feb 27, 2013

updated Aug 12, 2013

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The Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) collects weight status category data (underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese, based on BMI-for-age percentile) at school entry (pre-kindergarten or kindergarten) and in grades 2, 4, 7 and 10 for students attending all public schools outside of the five boroughs of New York City. Because of restrictions in reporting due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) there was wide variation in how much of the student population was represented in the data schools submitted during 2008-2010. Therefore the percentage of the student population represented in the county-level estimates varies from county to county. This limits researchers' ability to draw absolute conclusions about observed differences in student weight status among counties. For more information check out http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/obesity/.

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2008, 2009, 2010, bmi, chronic disease, obesity, overweight, swscr, weight, oph, public health
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New York State Department of Health
Source Link
http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/obesity/
Dataset Summary
Organization
Office of Public Health/Center for Community Health
Time Period
2008-2009, 2009-2010 School Years
Posting Frequency
Bi-Annually
Data Frequency
Annually
Dataset Owner
Division of Chronic Disease Prevention
Coverage
New York State, exclusive of the five boroughs of New York City
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County
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The 2008-10 SWSCR dataset includes weight status data collected from all public school districts outside of the five boroughs of NYC aggregated to New York State Department of Education county code assigned to reporting schools and school districts. Because school district boundaries do not align with county boundaries, the county-level estimates reflect data from students attending school within schools assigned a particular county-code by NYSED. County assignment is not based on county of residence. The county-level estimates represent the percentage of students reported within a weight status category, which reflects data reported to the Student Weight Status Category Reporting System during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. These data should not be considered to represent all school aged-children attending school in that county because of: restrictions in reporting due to FERPA, especially parents/guardians ability to request that their child's weight status data be excluded from reporting and other sources of missing data.
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Because of restrictions in reporting due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) there was wide variation in how much of the student population was represented in the data schools submitted during 2008-2010. Therefore the percentage of the student population represented in the county-level estimates varies from county to county. This limits researchers' ability to draw absolute conclusions about observed differences in student weight status among counties.
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