Department Of Education(ED) Presents AAPI Data Disaggregation Initiative Award

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is pleased to invite State Education Agencies to apply for a new award program – Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Data Disaggregation Initiative. The Department will release a Notice Inviting Application for this $1 million program on May 4. For a preview, please visit here.

“I am pleased to announce that we are launching a new federal grant program that will be    foundational step in identifying educational opportunity gaps and targeting supports to improve the college-and career-readiness of underserved AAPI students and English learners.  The Department of Education is investing $1 million [dollars] annually for up to 60 months for awards to State Educational Agencies to encourage the collection and evaluation of disaggregated data on AAPI English learners and AAPI subpopulations.”  – Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr.

To hear Secretary John King discuss this opportunity directly, please watch this YouTube video.

This initiative recognizes that the AAPI community is not a monolithic group, and that AAPI subpopulations face unique challenges in education and are indeed underserved.  It also recognizes that the model minority myth has prevented AAPI communities from fully benefitting from federal programs and resources that can support vulnerable and underserved students.  This program can help change that. The Department is encouraging State Educational Agencies to obtain and evaluate disaggregated data on AAPI English learners and AAPI subpopulations beyond the existing seven racial and ethnic categories to address achievement and opportunity gaps among different AAPI student subgroups.

This action represents the Department’s continued commitment to equity, access and quality education for all students particularly those who are underserved.

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