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From the ECS State Policy Database: Minority/Diversity Issues--American Indian / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Education in the States MS Word PDF - Currently, 20 states have policies addressing the education of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. This ECS StateNote examines these policies and provides information on tribal colleges in the states. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, Updated July 2006)...

The State of American Indian & Alaska Native Education in California 2014 - While enrollment for American Indian students dropped at some California colleges, it increased 67 percent in the University of California system. A report, which examined high school graduation rates, college enrollment rates and academic achievement for Native American students in California, said declining financial support may be a reason for the enrollment drop. Also college readiness and student retention might be contributors. (Joely Proudfit and Theresa Gregor, California Indian Culture and Sovereignty at California State University, San Marcos, October 2014)...

2011 National Indian Education Study (NIES) Results from NAEP - The National Indian Education Study (NIES) is administered as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and is designed to describe the condition of education for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in the United States. The results are provided from a nationally representative sample of 5,500 AI/AN fourth-graders and 4,100 AI/AN eighth-graders participated in the 2011 NAEP reading assessment nationwide. About 5,400 AI/AN fourth-graders and 4,200 AI/AN eighth-graders participated in the 2011 NAEP mathematics assessment. (IES, 2011)...

The Dropout/Graduation Crisis Among American Indian and Alaska Native Students: Failure to Respond Places the Future of Native Peoples at Risk - This report reveals drastic disparities in graduation rates between American Indian and Alaska Native students and non-American Indian and Alaska Native students. It includes the most recent graduation statistics as well as a discussion of challenges and possibilities specific to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. (Pennsylvania State University, January 2010)...

2009 National Indian Education Survey (NAEP) - About 12,000 American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) fourth-graders and 10,000 AI/AN eighth-graders participated in the 2009 NIES survey, which was especially focused on the students’ cultural experiences in and out of school. The student questionnaires asked AI/AN students about themselves, their families and communities, and their classrooms and schools. Students completed the questionnaires after the regular NAEP assessments. (IES, 2009)...

Pihana Na Mamo: The Native Hawaiian Special Education Project - Pihana Na Mamo is designed to deliver educational services to children and youth of Hawaiian ancestry with special needs. The project has three major school-based activities: (1) helehelu supports schools in implementing research-based reading programs, (2) kako’o is a mentoring program for secondary students and (3) makua hanai is a parent and community partnership....

Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Alaska Schools (PITAS) - PITAS is designed to prepare Alaska Native students to become teachers in the Alaska Native community and to increase the overall number of Alaska Native teachers. PITAS participants are identified in high school and paired with a mentor, who is to meet with the student throughout the year prior to college entrance and assist with study skills. Students participate in online writing courses and apply for scholarships and admission at the University of Alaska Southeast. Students accepted into the PITAS program are provided with tuition, books, lodging, academic counseling and tutoring in math and language arts if needed....

The Sapsik'wala Program, University of Oregon - The Sapsik'wala Program at the University of Oregon provides scholarships and training to American Indian teachers who will work in schools with large Indian populations. In addition, the program provides a full year of support services including a mentor, evaluations, support for attendance at a professional conference, onsite consulting, an electronic distribution and discussion list and online consultation and Web site conferencing....


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