When you verify your student’s information via the Online Student Data Verification process which opens next week, you will notice that you are asked to re-enter your student’s race and ethnicity information.

Each year, school districts in Washington are required to report student data by ethnicity and race categories to the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Ethnicity and race categories used in our district are the same as are used in all Washington school districts. They are set by the federal government, the Washington State Legislature, and OSPI. OSPI is required to report the total number of students in various categories in each school to the federal government, but it does not report individual student data. These reports help our district and the state keep track of changes in student enrollment and various outcomes (such as graduation rates) to ensure that all students receive the educational programs and services to which they are entitled.

Recently, the State government and OSPI changed the reporting categories for student ethnic and race data. As a result of the new reporting categories, we need to once again ask you to identify your child as either Hispanic/Latino or not Hispanic/Latino and by one or more racial groups. Washington State now has 226 racial categories, including an area to write another racial category.

To read more about the Race and Ethnicity Task Force and this project, please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns about the options available, please contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington state. Contact information is available via the link provided above for the Task Force.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!