Step 3: Important Data Guidelines

Federal Guidelines for Reporting Ethnicity and Race Data for Fort Zumwalt Students and Staff

The U.S. Department of Education requires all states to collect information on the race and ethnicity of public school students and staff.  The federal government has developed a form to report ethnicity and race that includes new categories.  The changes provides a more accurate picture of the nation’s ethnic and racial diversity.  Since the Fall of 2010, families of all students are being asked to fill out a brief form to update the reporting of their children’s ethnicity and race.  We have placed these questions on our district enrollment form.

If I have already provided this information to the school system, why must I provide it again?
In the past, forms for reporting race and ethnicity to the federal government allowed individuals to be identified in only one racial category.  These questions enable individuals to be identified in ethnic and racial classifications and in more than one racial category.  The federal government requires that ethnic and racial information for all students and staff be reported in this new way in order to reflect the nation’s diversity more accurately. 

How will the information be used?
The data with ethnicity/race categories is used in the same manner that racial/ethnic data are currently used.  The new categories replace the existing categories for use in all state and federally sponsored statistical data collections that include data on ethnicity or race.  Some examples include student records and test results.

Who provides the information?
Parents must complete the enrollment form to identify their children’s ethnic and racial identity.

When and how will the information be gathered?
Fort Zumwalt School District follows the federal guidelines requiring families of newly enrolled AND all currently enrolled students to complete the race and ethnicity section of the enrollment form, then return it to the school when enrolling.

Is the student Hispanic/Latino?
No, not Hispanic/Latino
--Yes, Hispanic/Latino (A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race) 
     --The above part of the question is about Ethnicity, not Race, No matter what you have selected above, Please continue to answer the following by marking one or more boxes to indicate what you consider your student's race to be.

What is the student's race?

  • Asian (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, For example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, The Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.)

  • Black or African American (A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.)

  • American Indian/Alaska Native (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America
    and South America (including Central America), and maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.)

  • White (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.)

  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.)