February 5, 2008
Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
I am writing to you to notify you that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has issued final guidance on collecting student and staff race and ethnicity data. The final guidance was published in the Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 202 (59265-59279) (Outside Source), on Friday, October 19, 2007.
Changes in how race and ethnicity data are collected and maintained will affect schools and districts. Beginning in the fall of 2010, schools and districts must begin collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data according to the following federal requirements:
For individuals who are non-Hispanic or Latino only,
The CDE is proposing to incorporate these changes into the California Pupil Achievement Longitudinal Data System (CALPADS) when it is implemented in the 2009-2010 school year.
The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires that the Office of Management and Budget provide the public and others an opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden. Specifically, local education agencies are invited to comment on the burden and collection activities (not on the substance of the final guidance). The notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests was published in the Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 248 (73789-73790) (Outside Source) on December 28, 2007.
The comment deadline is February 26, 2008. Comments can be submitted electronically to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. The CDE also will be estimating the data collection and reporting burden associated with the final guidance at the state level and responding as the State Education Agency.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Marsha Devine, Consultant, Education Data Office, at 916-319-0260 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William L. Padia, Deputy Superintendent
Assessment and Accountability Branch