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Race & Ethnicity Changes

The U.S. Department of Education has finalized changes to the collection and reporting of race and ethnicity. Starting with the 2010-2011 school year, the new standards will require all students to be identified using a new two-part race/ethnicity question. The federal government has established the two-part question to recognize Hispanic ethnicity and race as two separate and distinct concepts. Additionally, the change allows the reporting of multiple races (American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White).

The OPI has developed the following guidance and resource materials for district use as they transition to the new standards.

District Information
Race and Ethnicity Guidance to Schools
Race and Ethnicity Reporting Form Detailed
Race and Ethnicity Reporting Form Short
Suggestions for Conducting Observer Identification

Parent Information
Sample Letter to Parents for Re-identification
Reporting Race and Ethnicity Brochure for Parents

Technical Resources
Coming soon....

NCES Forum Guide to Implementing New Federal Race and Ethnicity Categories

Final Federal Guidance
Racial and Ethnic Guidelines

US Department of Education Links
Dear Colleague letter from Bill Evers Assistant Secretary, OPEPD
US Department of Education Race and Ethnicity Policy Questions/Answers