Subject: 2021-22 School Year Registration - Collecting Digital Equity, Ancestry, and Tribal Affiliation Data

As you prepare to begin registering students for the 2021-22 school year, we want to let you know about some optional but recommended data elements to collect as part of your registration process. Some of these are new data elements, while others are a reminder of existing data elements that can be helpful in reporting for equity and educational outcomes. If you are able, we recommend that you add these questions to your parent portal or online registration forms.

  • Digital Equity. Collecting data about students’ access to broadband internet and learning devices at home is vital to help target initiatives to increase broadband access for families statewide. For guidance on getting started collecting this information, refer to the recommended internet survey tools on the DPI website.
  • Ancestry/Ethnic Origins and Tribal Affiliation. These new data collections are optional for both Choice and public schools to collect and report. This data is valuable for improving educational outcomes for small groups of students who otherwise would not be distinguishable in the aggregated data (race/ethnicity categories) used for federal reporting. Including this information with registration can help provide families and students with more choices when identifying their racial or ethnic background, as well as help DPI to better understand the diversity of our students and families. 

If you need additional guidance on how best to collect this information, please reach out to us by submitting a help desk ticket.

Thank you,
DPI Customer Services Team

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