New Rules for Collection and Reporting of Race and Ethnicity in Education
Census 2000 introduced a new way of collecting and reporting the race and Hispanic origin of individuals. As in 1990, two questions were asked of respondents, the first related to Hispanic origin, and the second related to race category. Unlike prior censuses, where each individual could select only one race category, individuals could select one or more categories. The major race categories were American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN), Asian, Black or African-American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI), and White.
2007 Race and Ethnic Data Reporting to the U.S. Department of Education
In 2007 the U.S. Department of Education issued new requirements for the collection and reporting of race and ethnicity information. Detailed information about the revised requirements are provided here.
General Information (applicable to all levels of education)
- Final Guidance - Federal Register, Volume 72, Number 202, pp. 59266-59279, 10/19/07
- Definitions for New Race and Ethnicity Categories
- Defining Race and Ethnicity Data NCES Standard: 1-5 - includes example of the two-question format
- Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity - from NCES Data Handbooks Online
- New Race and Ethnicity Guidance for the Collection of Federal Education Data
- Letter from Bill Evers, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development - August 2008
- Policy Questions on the Department of Education's 2007 Guidance on Collecting, Maintaining and Reporting Data by Race or Ethnicity - August 2008