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OCA Applauds Data Disaggregation Grant to Three States from U.S. Department of Education

Tuesday, November 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nick Lee
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

15 November 2016

 

CONTACT:  Nick Lee | Senior Communications Associate

 

202 223 5500 | nlee@ocanational.org

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates applauds the U.S. Department of Education for issuing grants to three states to disaggregate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student data.

 

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced $836,000 in grants to be awarded to three states: Minnesota, Washington state, and Hawaii. Data from these three states will be used to help better analyze and understand disparate student outcomes within the AAPI community.

 

We applaud the U.S. Department of Education for taking this bold step forward in the fight for disaggregated data, and we thank the states for taking advantage of the grant,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, OCA National President. “For far too long we have allowed aggregated data to hide the disparities within our communities, educational or otherwise, by seeming to show that everything is alright within our diverse communities when that is clearly not the case. While many East Asian groups have high educational attainment rates, the attainment rates of many Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander groups are comparable to those of Black or Latino students. With the distribution of these grants, federal and state governments can begin to better assess and strategically address the issues specific to our students.” 

“OCA and its local chapters and members worked hard to promote the federal data disaggregation grants in California and Virginia. Even though these states ultimately failed to act on this round of federal funding, our advocates helped push this issue into their political consciousness where it will remain an important topic of discussion in the months and years to come. We hope that the success of these grants in Minnesota, Washington state, and Hawaii will ultimately result in increased funding and momentum for the national campaign to disaggregate AAPI data,” Moe-Kaiser concluded.

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).

 

 

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