iCount: Equity through Representation

In 2013, the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) and the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) — with generous support from the ETS and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) — launched the Asia
n American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) date quality campaign.


This collaboration is centered on three interrelated goals that are at the heart of the various organizations engaged in this effort:icount_tile

  • The data quality campaign aims to raise awareness about and bring attention to the ways in which AAPI student data reported in the
    aggregate conceals significant disparities in educational experiences and outcomes between AAPI sub-groups (i.e., Japanese, Hmong, Asian Indian, etc.).
  • We aim to provide models for how postsecondary institutions, systems, and states have recognized and
    responded to this problem by collecting and reporting disaggregated AAPI student data.
  • We want to work collaboratively with the education field to encourage broader reform in institutional practices related to the collection and reporting of disaggregated data

We are interested in analyzing the extent to which AAPI students are a dynamic, heterogeneous, and evolving
population and the implications for how measurement standards and techniques are a factor in the representation of their educational needs, challenges, and representation.2013_icount_report_graphic

This data quality campaign aims to offer a forward looking perspective on the need for and benefits of collecting and reporting disaggregated data, and suggest a pathway for implementing methods for collecting data that reflects the heterogeneity in the AAPI population – institutional data practice
s that are necessary for a more effective and responsive system of education.

For more information about the iCount campaign:



iCount 2015 Symposium

CARE and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) held the second symposium, iCount: Equity Through Representation, at the U.S. Department of Education on September 14th 2015. Since the first symposium in 2013, the data disaggregation movement has made significant strides in local communities across the country- greatly improving our understanding of AAPI students and their unique needs.

  • The goals of this year’s symposium was to highlight critical benchmarks since the first symposium and to plan next steps to maintain a strong and vibrant disaggregation movement.
  • Alongside a dynamic group of data specialists, administrators, policy experts, foundation partners and federal officials, we will strategize an action plan that ensures every student is counted.
  • More than 100 participants including students, deans and presidents of colleges, institutional researchers, congressional staffers, and representatives from foundations and advocacy organizations from across the nation and U.S. territories to address the need for educational equity through the collection and utilization of better data.
  • UCLA Professor of Education Robert T. Teranishi, is principal investigator of the iCount project, which is a collaboration between CARE, WHIAAPI and the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Read more on the iCount Symposium 2015

Read more on the First Symposium in 2013

Data Disaggregation & FERPA Webinar

Recently, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), in cooperation with the National Commission on AAPI Research in Education (CARE), held a convening on data disaggregation with students, deans and presidents of colleges, institutional researchers, congressional staffers, and representatives from foundations and advocacy organizations who are interested in disaggregation work for AAPI communities.

Following up on the convening on data disaggregation, WHIAAPI hosted their first technical assistance webinar covering:

  • Best data collection and reporting practices
  • Data governance processes for educational institutions
  • Resources for proper data dissemination

Led by: Michael Hawes, Statistical Privacy on Monday December 7, 2015 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST. For your reference, see below a recording of this webinar.

For more information: (202) 245-6349 whiaapi@ed.gov