Education Policy Resource Hub
Over the years that SEARAC has been working with community members to advocate for Southeast Asian American (SEAA) students, we’ve consistently found that the education needs of many SEAA students are often overlooked because of the “model minority myth” – a misconception that all Asian Americans excel academically and face few obstacles. This misconception overshadows the education needs of diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and often hinders efforts to address those needs. In reality, SEAA students face many education barriers within their schools, homes, and communities. SEARAC's Education Policy Resource Hub offers fact sheets, reports, and briefs that provide policy solutions and recommendations to ensure that all students can receive the support they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Webinars & Trainings
New Rules for School Testing in the Every Student Succeeds Act (August 29, 2016) (Link)
AAPIs Speak Up for ESSA:Submitting Public Comments on the Every Student Succeeds Act (July 22, 2016) (Link)
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (May 20, 2016) (Link)
SEARAC Policy Statements
- SEARAC Recommends Inclusion of Civil Rights Priorities to ESEA Reauthorization
- No Child Left Behind Reauthorization - H.R. 5 Will Leave Even More Students Behind (February 28, 2015)
- SEARAC Calls for Teacher Preparation Programs That Reflect Our Students’ Needs (February 12, 2015)
- The All Students Count Act Introduced in House and Senate: Giving Voice to America's New Majority (February 6. 2015)
- SEARAC Welcomes New Guidance to Ensure English Learners Meaningfully Participate in Schools (January 14, 2015)
Policy Statements and Letters SEARAC has Endorsed
- Robust and Meaningful Federal Regulation and Oversight in ESSA (March 4, 2015)
- Coalition Letter in Response to the Alexander ESEA Final (Updated February 17, 2015)
- 2015 Civil Rights Shared Principles on ESEA Authorization (January 9, 2015)
All Students Count Campaign
2013 Education Fact Sheet Series
- Overview of Southeast Asian Educational Challenges: Why are Southeast Asian American Students Falling Behind? – This fact sheet provides an overview of the obstacles that keep Southeast Asian American students from reaching their full potential in education achievement, and provides federal and local policy recommendations to remedy this.
- English Language Learners and Southeast Asian American Communities – Learn about the Southeast Asian American English Language Learner population, its challenges, and opportunities to raise visibility and provide support for this student population.
- How will Common Core State Standards Impact Southeast Asian American Students? – Learn what Common Core State Standards are, how they will impact Southeast Asian American Students, and SEARAC’s recommendations to policymakers to ensure that SEAA students will benefit from Common Core implementation.
- Increase Access to Higher Education: Why are Southeast Asians Not Going to College? – Learn about the challenges that contribute to low college attainment rates of Southeast Asian American students and policy solutions that can increase access to higher education for Southeast Asian American students.
- Data Dissaggregation: What's the Problem with Current Education Data Collection and Reporting? – Learn how current data collection and reporting guidelines are masking educational inequities that exist for Southeast Asian American and other students and why there is a need to collect disaggregated data on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student populations.
- Data Disaggregation: Opportunities and Challenges – This fact sheet highlights the current challenges and opportunities for data disaggregation. Information comes primarily from SEARAC’s study of comments submitted to the Department of Education’s 2012 Request for Information (RFI) on practices and policies regarding existing education data systems that disaggregate data on sub-groups within the AANHPI student population.
State Fact Sheet Series: A fact sheet series highlighting the unique challenges of Southeast Asian American (SEAA) students in states with high concentrations of SEAAs. Includes state-specific statistics and insights, and a spotlight on community-based organization partners working in each state.
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in California
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Louisiana
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Minnesota
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Pennsylvania
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Rhode Island
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Washington
- Moving Beyond the “Asian” Check Box – A comprehensive analysis of responses that were gathered as a result of the Department of Education’s 2012 Request for Information on practices and policies regarding existing education data systems that disaggregate data on sub-groups within the AANHPI student population. This SEARAC policy brief aims to demonstrate national demand for data disaggregation to make visible and address the academic achievement gaps that exist within AANHPI communities.