Data about student achievement has the power to reveal—and to conceal. Schools and policymakers often lump Southeast Asian American students together with all other Asian American students, whose overall educational outcomes are much higher than average. But aggregating the data renders Southeast Asian American students’ experience invisible.
In fact, our students face multiple barriers and challenges in school: language barriers, insufficient support for parent engagement, gaps in mental health treatment, race-based bullying and harassment, and socio-economic barriers that prevent students from accessing and completing higher education. Only 14% of Laotian, 17% of Hmong and Cambodian, and 27% of Vietnamese Americans have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 54% of Asian Americans overall.
SEARAC’s education policy work pushes for better data on SEAA student needs and outcomes. We also advocate for the rights of English learner students and their families, school engagement of our immigrant and refugee parents, college access for low-income students, community-tailored programs, and civil rights protections for students.
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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Webinar
Offers an overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the need for data disaggregation and targeted supports for English language learners, and strategies for engagement with stakeholders
- Moving Beyond the Asian Check Box
This SEARAC policy brief aims to demonstrate national demand for data disaggregation to address the academic achievement gaps that exist within Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities
Latest national education news
Proposed cuts to education, poverty, and health programs will further harm our communities Washington, DC - The Trump Administration released ...Read More
Washington, DC - The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) alongside Asian Americans Advancing Justice and more than 60 Asian ...Read More
Washington, DC - SEARAC applauds Sen. Brian Schatz's (HI) introduction of the Debt-Free College Act of 2019 and Rep. Mark Pocan's (WI-02) ...Read More
Washington, DC—SEARAC is disappointed with the recent decision of the US Department of Justice to support anti-affirmative action plaintiffs in an ongoing ...Read More
Washington, D.C.-SEARAC is disappointed at the misleading coverage from leading news outlets on a recent lawsuit that was filed against ...Read More
Latest CA education news
"Can You See Me?" fact sheet examines the classroom and campus experiences of AAPI youth throughout the state of California ...Read More
Washington, DC - On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education unanimously passed the "Everyone Counts: Increasing ...Read More
Southeast Asian American families and communities, along with immigrant, refugee, and families of color continue to experience the relentless attacks ...Read More
The Laotian American National Alliance (LANA) and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) applaud California's continued commitment to advancing ethnic studies curriculum for California's public ...Read More
Contacts: Gabriel Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org, for education equity advocacy Lee Lo, email@example.com, for health equity advocacy Nkauj Iab Yang, firstname.lastname@example.org, for ...Read More