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Education Task Force
Increase and Improve Data on AAPI Students
- Increase the reporting of disaggregated student achievement data based on ethnicity and increase the reporting of school resources provided to communities that face educational challenges.
- Create and fund programs that increase the number of AAPI researchers in education in order to ensure that AAPI perspectives are included when developing research on education.
Support reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and Ensure Sustainable Funding to the Asian American and Native American Serving-Institution (ANAPISI) Program
- Support the reauthorization of the HEA that promotes access and resources for AAPIs in higher education, including supporting the AANAPISI program.
- Provide increased and sustainable support and funding for the AANAPISI program to help underserved students overcome barriers to a college degree.
- Explore combined Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) funding for institutions that enroll higher percentages of more than one minority group.
Support reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
- Support the reauthorization of the ESEA that promotes subgroup accountability, resource equity, and disaggregated AAPI data collection.
- Ensure that federal education programs include and accurately assess the needs of the U.S. territories and calculate funding allocations appropriately.
Improve Capacity of Educational Institutions to Serve AAPIs
- Support transparency, diversity, and opportunity for all in the higher education admissions process.
- Increase funding for programs that can increase the capacity of schools and school districts to serve AAPI students.
- Ensure Title III funds benefit AAPI students.
- Ensure that the ESEA includes funding mechanisms that adequately and fairly address the student populations of the territories and the Freely Associated States (FAS).
- Promote legislation and policies that will encourage states to appropriately integrate AAPI issues throughout the standards of learning in all subject areas and for all grade levels.
Improve Assessment of AAPI Students, Especially AAPI English Language Learners (ELLs)
- Develop policies in Title I and Title VI of ESEA that support states and school districts in using high-quality assessments that are valid and reliable in measuring ELL student achievement using on-grade level measurements and providing assessment accommodations for ELL students such as, but not limited to: native language assessments, dictionaries, additional time for tests, and interpreters.
- Mandate and provide funds for states to develop accountability systems that are based on multiple measures.
Improve Teacher Preparation and Quality
- Provide targeted financial and other resources in Title II of the Higher Education Act and Title II of ESEA for pre-service and in-service teacher education and professional development programs to adequately address the linguistic, cultural, and other educational needs of AAPI students.
- Improve recruitment and retention of AAPI Teachers, Administrators, and staff.
Improve AAPI Parental Involvement Programs
- Enforce the language access and parent engagement provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title I of No Child Left Behind.
- Increase funding for schools to provide necessary translators and culturally and linguistically competent home-school coordinators who can work with AAPI parents and caregivers.
- Support policies and funding for community-based organizations working in AAPI communities to engage parents and caregivers in local schools.
Increase Availability of Early Childhood Education
- Provide greater funds to promote free quality public school pre-kindergarten programs and full-day kindergarten programs.
Safe Environments for All Students
- Strengthen Title IV, Part A, of the ESEA covering “Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities” by requiring schools to take additional steps to prevent, keep records of, and report bullying and harassment, and to educate school staff and students about these issues.
- Enable the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regional offices to pursue more discrimination and harassment claims.