North Putnam Community School Corporation
Race and Ethnicity Information
April 30, 2010
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am writing to inform you about new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education regarding the collection of data on race and ethnicity for public school students and staff. The Federal government, which requires all states to collect this information, has developed a new way to report ethnicity and race that includes new categories.
The Federal government has developed these new categories in order to provide a more accurate picture of the nationís ethnic and racial diversity. This will enable individuals to be identified in ethnic and racial classifications and in more than one racial category. In the past, forms allowed individuals to be identified in only one racial category.
Currently, North Putnam Community School Corporation asks families to provide information on studentsí race and ethnicity at the time of enrollment. Beginning in fall of 2010, we will ask the families of newly enrolled students AND of all current students to complete a brief form to update information on their childrenís ethnicity and race.
The data with the new ethnicity and race categories will be used in the same manner that such information is currently used. For example, the Federal government uses racial and ethnic data in reporting and analyzing test results, such as ISTEP+ and the End of Course Assessments. The new categories will replace all existing categories for use in State and Federal data collections that include data on ethnicity or race.
The enclosed form should be completed and returned to your childís school by Friday, May 7. The attached question-and-answer sheet provides additional information about these changes. Information regarding the collection of the data on race and ethnicity also is available on the North Putnam Community School Corporation web site at www.nputnam.k12.in.us/R&EInfo.htm