New Federal Guidelines for Collecting and Reporting Race and Ethnicity

The U. S. Department of Education is requiring that ethnic and racial information for all students and staff be reported in a new way in order to more accurately reflect the nation’s diversity. In the past, forms for reporting race and ethnicity to the federal government allowed individuals to be identified in only one racial category. The new form allows individuals to self-identify their ethnicity and race and to select more than one race and/or ethnicity. This change allows individuals to more accurately reflect their racial and ethnic background by not limiting them to only one racial or ethnic category. The new system eliminates double reporting of students identifying with multiple races.

Educational agencies, including public school systems, are required to report racial and ethnic data to the Department using the new categories starting with the 2010-2011 school year.

Additional Information:

Implementation Process

  • The Giles County School System will begin collecting data in compliance with the new federal guidelines in August 2010.
  • Because the race and ethnic codes have changed significantly, information on all staff and students must be collected, even if it has been provided in the past.
  • Parents will complete a brief form to identify their children’s ethnic and racial identity, which will be distributed to all families of newly enrolled students AND all current students.
  • Staff members will complete the same form to self-identify