Report Card Data Sources

The American Community Survey is an ongoing statistical tool that samples a percentage of the population yearly to provide communities with current estimates about how people live. On average, 1 in 38 households throughout the United States are asked to participate in the survey, which can then be completed online or in paper form and sent to the US Census Bureau. This information is then used by federal government, state, and local agencies to plan and allocate resources back to the community.

Since the survey samples households throughout the United States, the tool is effective at analyzing smaller populations such as census tracts. The survey provides 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year estimates, which respectively increase in reliability, sample size, and precision but decrease in the currency of the data. For the purpose of the Community Action Resources for Engagement (C.A.R.E.) Report Card, 5-year estimates were utilized for census tract designations to provide the most precise and reliable population estimates.

For more information about the survey, please visit


Florida CHARTS is a resource that provides counties and communities annually updated information about births, deaths, behavioral risk factors, availability of health resources, and many other health and population indicators. For the indicators within the C.A.R.E Report Card, Florida CHARTS reports information from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Health Statistics, which provides official records of births, deaths, and fetal deaths. Therefore, the data presented represents actual counts, not estimates. For more information about Florida CHARTS, please visit


Esri is an international supplier of Geographic Information System (GIS) software and geodatabase management applications. The company has users in a variety of organizations, including most US federal agencies and national mapping agencies, all 50 state health departments, transportation agencies, forestry companies, utilities, state and local governments, schools and universities, NGOs, and commercial businesses.

For the purpose of the C.A.R.E. Report Card, Esri population data for Alachua County, the county’s census tracts, Florida, and the United States were utilized in calculations to determine indicator counts for 2012 based on trends and rates from previous years when 2012 data was not available within a database.

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The Alachua County Public Schools district includes about 24 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 7 high schools, and 8 learning centers.  Through an agreement with the Alachua County School Board, student data was provided for the C.A.R.E. Report Card that included information such as demographics, Free and Reduced Lunch Status, Promotion Rate, and FCAT scores from 2007-2013.  After de-identification, the data was geocoded to census tract designations using Esri’s ArcGIS software.

For more information about the Alachua County Public School district and the Alachua County School Board, please visit


The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) is a governing agency located in Tallahassee, Florida that manages and oversees the planning and progression of public educational institutions around the state.  Through the Division of Accountability, Research and Measurement at FLDOE, the agency provides county and state data in order to “continually improve student achievement and opportunities throughout Florida’s PK-20 education system.”

Therefore, the C.A.R.E. Report Card utilized the agency’s database to obtain Alachua County and Florida data for many of the education indicators such as FCAT scores, Free and Reduced Lunch eligibility, and suspensions.  When 2012 data was not available, an average of the differences between preceding years was calculated and then added to the 2011 value to determine the most current estimated information for comparison with previous years.

For more information about FLDOE, please visit


The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) located in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention strives to present statistical information and analyses to the public in order to influence policy and promote the health of Americans throughout the United States.  The National Vital Statistic System, a database within the NCHS, annually releases National Vital Statistics (NVSS) Reports on births and deaths.

For the C.A.R.E. Report Card, the NVSS Reports were used for years 2007-2011 to provide federal counts and rates for each year with certain indicators such as Unintentional Injury Death, Malignant Neoplasm Death, Preterm Births, and Low Birth Weight Births.  Since the 2012 NVSS Reports have not yet been published, an average of the differences between preceding years was calculated and then added to the 2011 values to determine the most current estimate for comparison with previous years.

For more information about the NCHS or the National Vital Statistics System, please visit or, respectively.