DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 42
November 21, 2008
Patricia I. Wright
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Implementing the New Race/Ethnicity Standards
On October 19, 2007, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) published Final Guidance on the new revised standards for the collection of data on race and ethnicity in the Federal Register (72 Fed. Reg. 59267). In August 2008,
The new race and ethnicity categories allow multiracial individuals full recognition of their heritage. Individuals who are Hispanic can more accurately describe themselves.
The new race and ethnicity categories will impact school divisions.
The Virginia Department of Education is in the process of preparing for implementation of the new race and ethnicity standards. Future superintendent's memos will keep you up-to-date on the process.
Managing an Identity Crisis: Forum Guide to Implementing New Federal Race and Ethnicity Categories with more information on implementing race and ethnicity can be found at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2008/2008802.pdf.
Questions or comments relating to the 2010-2011 Race and Ethnicity Implementation should be directed to Educational Applications at RESULTSHELP@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 786-3112 (select menu option 4).