Shifting Demographics: Preparing for a New Race and Ethnicity Classification Scheme in NAEP

Salvador Rivas, American Institutes for Research

On September 24, 2007, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) issued final guidance for collecting and reporting race/ethnicity information to all its jurisdictions. Final implementation of these guidelines is expected to take place no later than the 2010–2011 school-year. This study will therefore try to anticipate how and to what extent the coming change in racial/ethnic classification schemes might affect NAEP trend reporting, especially in relation to previously established racial/ethnic achievement gaps. By using student-reported race/ethnicity information, as proxy parent reports, this study will explore the possible effects of the coming shift in racial/ethnic classification schemes. Data will come from the 2003, 2005, and 2007 NAEP Reading and Mathematics assessments at Grade 8. This study will also explore the possibility of using other data sources such as the American Community Survey (ACS) to help corroborate and contextualize NAEP findings.

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Presented in Session 183: Demography of Race and Ethnicity: Beyond Black and White