iCount: Equity Through Representation

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In 2013, the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) – with generous support from ETS and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) – launched the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) data quality campaign.

This collaboration is centered on three interrelated goals that are at the heart of the various organizations engaged in this effort:

  • The data quality campaign aims to raise awareness about and bring attention to the ways in which AAPI student data reported in the aggregate conceals significant disparities in educational experiences and outcomes between AAPI sub-groups (i.e., Japanese, Hmong, Asian Indian, etc.).

  • We aim to provide models for how postsecondary institutions, systems, and states have recognized and responded to this problem by collecting and reporting disaggregated AAPI student data.

  • We want to work collaboratively with the education field to encourage broader reform in institutional practices related to the collection and reporting of disaggregated data.

We are interested in analyzing the extent to which AAPI students are a dynamic, heterogeneous, and evolving population and the implications for how measurement standards and techniques are a factor in the representation of their educational needs, challenges, and representation.

This data quality campaign aims to offer a forward looking perspective on the need for and benefits of collecting and reporting disaggregated data, and suggest a pathway for implementing methods for collecting data that reflects the heterogeneity in the AAPI population – institutional data practices that are necessary for a more effective and responsive system of education.

For more information about the iCount campaign, visit www.ed.gov/edblogs/aapi/icount-equity-through-representation/.


Media Coverage of the iCount Movement:


Lumped Together Data Masks Struggles among Diverse Asian-American and Pacific Islander Groups
June 10, 2013

Taken together on paper, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders appear to be a high-achieving bunch with few of the challenges faced by other racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. when it comes to education. Break these populations down into their many ethnic groups, however, and stark disparities emerge. Read More >>


Asian Groups, White House Seek Better Race Data
June 10, 2013

Asian-Americans are often very visible academically, such as the spelling bee champion whose family emigrated from India, the class valedictorian of Japanese descent or the Chinese-American champion at the science fair. But such successes mask the academic woes of others, such as Cambodians and Native Hawaiians, said Kiran Ahuja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Read More >>


The Deceptive Data on Asians
June 7, 2013

It is time to disaggregate data about Asian-American students as much as possible, says the report, issued by the Educational Testing Service and the National Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. The failure of most schools and colleges to do so has resulted in key problems facing Asian-American groups being "overlooked and misunderstood," said Robert T. Teranishi, associate professor of higher education at New York University and principal investigator for the report, during a news briefing. Read More >>


Breakouts of Data for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Students Urged
June 6, 2013

When it comes to getting a college degree, the report notes that achievement varies widely depending on the ethnicity of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. While 74 percent of Taiwanese, 71 percent of Asian Indian, and 52 percent of Chinese hold bachelor's degrees, just 12 percent of Laotian, 14 percent of Cambodian, and 26 percent of Vietnamese do. This information on educational attainment for adults older than 25 comes from the the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. Some of these adults may have earned degrees in their homeland, while others did so after they came to the United States. Read More >>


Asian-American Subgroups' Higher Ed Status Supported by Latest Disaggregated Data
June 5, 2013

In 2006, the University of California, Los Angeles, student newspaper published a story stating the UC system was admitting "an unprecedented number of Asian students" that, for the first time, vaulted them ahead of Whites as the racial group comprising the largest share of admissions. Read More >>


Report Release: Inadequate Data Conceal Educational Disparities For Asian American and Pacific Islander Students
June 4, 2013

The National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE), and Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be releasing a new report, iCount: A Data Quality Movement for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education, that highlights the need for, and benefits of, collecting and reporting disaggregated data for Asian American and Pacific Islander students. The report is being released in conjunction with the "iCount: Equity Through Representation" symposium, June 6-7, sponsored by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). The symposium is being held at the U.S. Department of Education. Read More >>


Thanks to these Media Outlets for Sharing our Press Release:


El Editor
June 6, 2013

Hawaii 24/7
June 6, 2013

The Sacrameto Bee
June 6, 2013

Yahoo! News
June 6, 2013

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