New Federal Ethnicity and Race Reporting Guidelines
For more than 30 years, the U.S. Department of Education, along with the other Federal agencies, has been collecting data on race and ethnicity by asking for student data from schools and school divisions. Recently, revised standards for the collection of these data were introduced that will take effect in Rockingham County Schools (RCS) during next school year (2010-11). As required by law, RCS is making the changes necessary to be able to collect this revised information for each of our 14,000 students so it can be reported to state and federal agencies.
Since RCS will begin registering middle and high school students for the 2010-11 school year in February 2010, schools need to begin collecting the revised demographic data, right away.
In order to facilitate the collection of the new racial and ethnic data, a new form is being sent home with these students beginning February 1, which needs to be completed, signed at the bottom by parents/guardians, and returned to students’ homeroom teachers by February 12, 2010.
The change in collecting and reporting racial and ethnic data allows individuals to self-identify their ethnicity and race, and permits individuals to select more than one race. This change allows individuals to more accurately reflect their racial and ethnic background by not limiting them to only one racial or ethnic category. As called for in the new federal requirements, if the forms are not completed by parents/guardians, then a staff member will observe and select racial and ethnic categories on the student’s behalf.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance For Observers for Race By Geographic Location/Origin
De Orientación para los observadores de la carrera por ubicación geográfica / Origen