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
Recommendations released today outline how changes to federal data collection would illuminate outcomes for Asian American and Pacific Islander postsecondary ...Read More
Funding for detentions and deportations continue to be a priority Washington, DC - The White House released its fiscal year 2021 ...Read More
Last week, Congress successfully passed an amended version of the FUTURE Act, which would permanently reauthorize funding for the Asian ...Read More
Washington, DC - SEARAC applauds the ruling by the US District Court in Massachusetts to uphold race-conscious admissions policies at Harvard ...Read More
Washington, DC--Today, Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released a limited set of ...Read More
Latest CA education news
As 2019 quickly comes to a close and a new decade emerges, SEARAC reflects on the wins and hopes of ...Read More
Deadline to submit public comments is August 15 From February to April 2019, the CA Department of Education convened an ...Read More
"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