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’ experiences 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. In California and across the country, SEAA students face cultural invisibility, lack culturally relevant support, and experience intergenerational educational challenges that create marginalization in schools and further educational disparities.
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. SEARAC’s education policy work pushes for better data on SEAA student needs and outcomes as well as ethnic studies on our histories, challenges, and resilience.
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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
WASHINGTON — SEARAC is proud to support the Teaching Asian Pacific American History Act, which would require federal grant applicants and ...Read More
For Immediate Release: March 14, 2022 Media contact: Jenna McDavid Communications and Development Manager email@example.com 202-601-2972 Washington, DC - SEARAC supports ...Read More
Washington, DC - Earlier this week, the Supreme Court made the decision to review two cases involving the use of ...Read More
For Immediate Release: August 25, 2021 Media contact: Elaine Sanchez Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 601-2970 WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the House approved ...Read More
SEARAC stands in solidarity with Act to Change and hundreds of partner organizations to end bullying and hate in AAPI ...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