The Department of Education is looking beyond the buzz of the Pew Research study that shows Asian Americans as wealthy, highly educated, and content and are collecting data for a finer-tuned study of Asian Americans in education. In a recent article, Education Week stated, "educators and advocates know that the performance of Asian-American students is a far more complex story, albeit less acknowledged, or even ignored, in education and policy discussions about closing achievement gaps. The oft-cited data for Asians, of course, lumps a large and diverse group of students into a single category that looks uniformly successful."
With this in mind, The Department of Education is soliciting these "educators and advocates" to submit comments and information. Their goal is "to collect information about promising practices and policies regarding existing education data systems and models that disaggregate data on subgroups within the Asian and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Island student population." In other words, there is diversity within the Asian American community and The Department of Education is trying to understand it better. The deadline for submitting comments has been extended to August 13.
While the Department of Education is soliciting responses from, "state educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools, and institutions of higher education" it seems to me that edtech companies may have something to contribute as well. Submissions can be made my mail or online.
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