ACT Report: The Condition of College and Career Readiness of American Indian Students

This report is designed to help inform the following questions regarding American Indian students:

  • Are American Indian students prepared for college and career?
  • Are enough American Indian students taking core courses?
  • Are core courses rigorous enough?
  • Are younger American Indian students on target for college and career?
  • What other dimensions of college and career readiness should we track?
  • Are American Indian students who are ready for college and career actually succeeding?

American Indian students are less likely than their peers to meet key college readiness benchmarks, even when taking academically rigorous courses in high school, according to a new report released today by ACT and the National Indian Education Association.

The report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: American Indian Students, examines the academic preparation and postsecondary aspirations of American Indian 2014 high school graduates who took the ACT® test. It is the third in a series of seven reports that focus on demographic groups of ACT test takers from the 2014 high school graduating class.

Among the findings:

  • 55 percent of American Indian students failed to meet any of the four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, and only one in 10 met all four. Among all students, 31 percent didn’t meet any Benchmarks, and 26 percent met all four.
  • Across all four subjects, the percentage of American Indian students meeting each Benchmark was lower than the proportion who took “core or more” (recommended core curriculum) courses.
  • In English, less than half—43 percent—of American Indian students who took related “core or more” courses met the Benchmark, compared to 67 percent of all students.
  • In reading, 28 percent who took “core or more” met the Benchmark, compared to 47 percent of all students.
  • In math, 23 percent who took “core or more” met the Benchmark, compared to 46 percent of all students.
  • In science, 22 percent who took “core or more” met the Benchmark, compared to 41 percent of all students.

To read the report, click here. For more information from the ACT website, click here.

NIEA Job Posting: Federal Policy Associate

NIEA is hiring a new Federal Policy Associate!

The NIEA Federal Policy Associate position is responsible for building support for the advancement of Native education policy through various vehicles – from working with key stakeholder groups to coalition partners and policy makers in in the federal government. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with Native communities, Native organizations, and education leaders to provide support for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students and the education policy that affects them.

To view the full posting, click here.

FY 2015 Omnibus Budget Bill – Exciting News for Tribal Education Agencies and Departments 

On Tuesday evening, House and Senate appropriators released the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill (HR 83), which will fund TEAs through Department  of Interior for the first time.

Here is the BIA section of the Interior explanatory statement. On page 24, it provides that:

Education.- The agreement includes $2,000,000 for the development and operation of tribal departments or divisions of education as authorized in 25 U.S.C. 2020.

This funding through the Department of Interior has been authorized since 1988 (see NARF Orange Book at 5), but Congress has never appropriated the money. TEDNA and its partner organizations, NIEA and NCAI, have long advocated for fulfillment of this promise. The bill, which is expected to be passed by both the House and Senate later this week, will mean new capacity-building grant opportunities for TEAs, which will expand tribal involvement in Indian education.  The STEP Program, which TEDNA long advocated for and was also a first of its kind, is a similar appropriation through the Department of Education.

You can see Quinton Roman Nose’s Testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for FY 2015 here, and for FY 2014 here.  You can also see other budget requests in our Congressional Materials section.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

2014 Annual Meeting and Forum Materials

Our annual meeting and forum was held on October 15, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. Included here are materials discussed and presentations given.

TEDNA Select Bills 113th Congress

Presentations:

NIEA Webinar Series: BIE Blueprint for Reform Understanding the Implementation, Part II

Due to consistent demand from our membership for more information, NIEA will hold a second Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) informational webinar on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm (eastern). For those who missed the initial session, we are providing this opportunity for additional dialogue and new information so our stakeholders can decide the best pathways for local schools and communities. Registration is open TODAY, so if you are an educator, parent, tribal leader, or stakeholder who is curious for what this reform means for your student, school, or community, this is the perfect opportunity to get more information.

Facilitators
• Dr. Charles “Monty” Roessel, BIE Director
• Ahniwake Rose, NIEA Executive Director
Important Information
• Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (Date change)
• Time:  4:00 pm (eastern)
• Additional Details: Please visit http://www.niea.org

Background
Tribal leaders and Native education stakeholders have long requested that the federal government uphold its trust responsibility to Indian education. While there has been some cause for concern regarding the bureaucratic reform, the President’s summer announcement on Indian education increased momentum for ensuring tribal authority in education. The proposal to redesign the BIE under the June 12, 2014 Secretarial Order is based on recommendations from the Indian Education Study Group (Study Group), which DOI Secretary Jewell and Secretary of Education Duncan convened to diagnose the systemic issues within BIE schools.

Material for the Event
• White House Fact Sheet
• June 12, 2014 DOI Secretarial Order
• BIE Transformation Blueprint
• Indian Education Study Group Information
• NIEA/NCAI Joint Comments
• NIEA Senate Testimony on the BIE
For more information or questions, please contact Clint J. Bowers, NIEA Policy Associate, at cbowers@niea.org

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER – NIEA Webinar on BIE Reform TODAY

TODAY: Webinar Series – BIE Blueprint for Reform

Understanding the Implementation

 President Obama and the Department of the Interior (DOI) recently announced their plan to reform the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).  As the implementation process moves forward, join NIEA TODAY- Tuesday, August 19, at 4:00 pm (eastern) as we bring our membership top BIE leadership to provide details on the plan and answer your questions.  If you are an educator, parent, tribal leader, or stakeholder who is curious for what this reform means for your student, school, or community, do not miss this opportunity to get more information.

 Facilitators

  • Charles “Monty” Roessel, BIE Director
  • Ahniwake Rose, NIEA Executive Director

Important Information

  • Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Time: 4:00 pm (eastern)
  • Registration: Please click HERE.
  • Additional Details: Please visit niea.org.

Material for the Event 

For more information or questions, please contact Clint J. Bowers, NIEA Policy Associate, at cbowers@niea.org.