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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 Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) – with generous support from ETS and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) – launched the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) data quality campaign.

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.



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 practices that are necessary for a more effective and responsive system of education.


For more information about the iCount campaign:


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

• 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.

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