A new report, released by the University of California in collaboration with Assembly Member Mike Eng, documents significant education disparities among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in California.
The UC report, "The State of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Education in California,” disputes the myth of the “model minority” that often is used to characterize American students of Asian descent. Among key findings, the report shows that particular AAPI subgroups have disproportionately large high school dropout rates and poverty and/or limited English proficiency that heighten the risk for dropping out of high school and college.
The study results corroborate the California State University's 2010 Early Assessment Test findings about academic preparation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. According to the 2010 EAP results, some Asian subgroups, including students of Samoan, Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong and Guamanian descent, have very low levels of college readiness compared to those of other Asian subgroups.
To help correct the disparity, the CSU last year began working on an initiative to improve college access for Asian American and Pacific Islander students from underserved communities. As part of the consultative phase of the initiative, the CSU met in October with AAPI community leaders to inform them about the project and to discuss strategies to enhance the students' and families' understanding of the educational opportunities available to them and the qualifications needed to successfully enter college and obtain a degree.
The following links provide a one-page summary (.pdf) and the full report (.pdf) of the UC study.
To read about the Asian community leaders' discussion with CSU officials click here