ERIC Number: ED397191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Racial and Ethnic Classifications Used by Public Schools. Statistical Analysis Report.
Carey, Nancy; Farris, Elizabeth
A survey was conducted to determine by what methods schools classify students' race and ethnicity, the categories they use, and how they report the information to the federal government. The survey was conducted through the Fast Response Survey System, a system designed for small amounts of data and rapid surveys. Brief questionnaires were sent to a nationally representative sample of public elementary and secondary schools. Responses were received from 926 school personnel. About half of the sampled schools collected data on student race and ethnicity only at initial registration. One-quarter of schools collected such information on an annual basis. Forty-one percent of schools reported that there are students in their schools for whom the standard five federal categories (American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, and White) were not adequate, but more schools (73%) used only these categories. Only 5% of schools used a general "multiracial" category. Schools typically ask parents or guardians to identify the student's classification. Appendix A discusses survey methodology and data. Appendix B contains tables of standard errors, and Appendix C is the survey form. (Contains three figures, six tables, and seven appendix tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Classification, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Hispanic Americans, Information Dissemination, Public Schools, Racial Composition, Racial Differences, Student Characteristics, Surveys, Whites
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Fast Response Survey System