Student Outcomes in Asian American, Pacific Islands

A new report released Tuesday by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California-based think tank focused on closing the equity gap in education, found that the diversity of these communities in the data collection of student outcome data comprising Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders is significant. Obscures.

“For a long time, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) have been categorized as a single group,” said Syrian Villavicencio, who chairs the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs Said. “It perpetuates the model minority myth that misleadingly claims that all of our communities have improved; And in particular, our AANHPI students are academically successful and do not need their help. In fact, we know that this myth distorts the reality that many AANHPI students struggle and need extra support. “

The report examines college readiness, enrollment, and graduation rates in at least 30 Asian ethnic groups in California, and discovers some significant differences. For example, 84 percent of Asian American Californians who graduated from high school in 2018 were admitted to college within a year. But only 59 percent of native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders who graduated were admitted to college by that time, according to the report. Between the ages of 25 and 64, only 22 percent of the state’s native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders have a bachelor’s degree, compared to 59 percent of Asian Americans of that age. California had even lower degrees, with some Asian Americans and Pacific islanders, including Laotians and Samoans.

“The gaps between college preparation, college attendance and college success between different Asian ethnic groups are incredibly alarming,” the report concludes. “To provide a realistic path to college for our state, where race / ethnicity and the zip code do not determine the future of any talented student, we must begin by acknowledging the diversity of Asian Americans and NHPI Californians and the vast differences in their experiences. Our education system. ”

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