ERIC Number: ED423308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
State Survey on Racial and Ethnic Classifications. Statistical Analysis Report.
Carey, Nancy; Rowand, Cassandra; Farris, Elizabeth
The State Survey on Racial and Ethnic Classifications was conducted for the National Center for Education Statistics and the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education as part of the research associated with the comprehensive review of an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directive on race and ethnic standards for federal statistics and administrative reporting. The survey was conducted to provide information for OMB about the quality and utility of the data collected by state departments of education using the five standard federal categories of race and ethnicity in use at that time. The issues examined in this report include: (1) the use of classifications that differ from those five standard categories (White, nonHispanic; Black, nonHispanic; Hispanic; Asian or Pacific Islander; American Indian or Alaskan Native): (2) the impetus for making changes to classification categories; (3) the types and origins of complaints received about the categories; and (4) the effect of possible changes on the collection, maintenance, and reporting of trend data. The survey was conducted as a telephone interview with a representative in each state (except Hawaii) in February 1997. Eight states reported using categories other than the five standard categories. Five states reported using a "multiracial" category, while two use an "other," one uses "Filipino," and one separates American Indians and Alaskan Natives. Complaints from parents and school districts were the main reasons given by states for modifying or considering modifications to the federal categories. Adding a multiracial category was the most frequently requested change. Three states reported that they were considering making changes to the categories, but the remaining states and the District of Columbia had not made any changes and reported none under consideration. Appendixes contain a discussion of the survey methodology and copies of the survey protocols. (Contains 12 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.