2015-16 Changes to the Collection and Reporting of Student Race and Ethnicity Data

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The collection and reporting of race and ethnicity was updated in the 2015-16 to align with U.S. Department of Education guidelines. Due to these changes, you should use caution when interpreting College Board reports and making comparisons between the 2015-16 results and race and ethnicity subgroup data from prior years.

Test-takers now complete a two-part question that asks them to indicate their racial and ethnic group.

The categories provided for the ethnicity question are:

  • Cuban
  • Mexican
  • Puerto Rican
  • Another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
  • Not of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin

The categories provided for the race question are:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian (including Indian subcontinent and Philippines origin)*
  • Black or African American
  • White (including Middle Eastern origin)
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

*Prior to 2016, this category was presented as Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander.

Important changes to note:

  • Students may select all that apply to them. In prior years, they were asked only to select one option.
  • Students who identify as both “Hispanic” and another race are reported as “Hispanic.”
  • Students reported as “Two or more races” are non-Hispanic.
  • Although “Other” as an option is no longer available it may continue to be reported until all students have answered the new two-part question.

Again, please use caution when making comparisons between this new data and race and ethnicity data from prior years.