RCW 28A.300.042

Deeply hidden in Part V of HB 1541, this bill amended RCW 28A.300.042 by inserting below disaggregation of data by subgroups texts.

“(1) Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, and using the phase-in provided in subsection (2) of this section, the superintendent of public instruction must collect and school districts must submit all student-level data using the United States department of education 2007 race and ethnicity reporting guidelines, including the subracial and subethnic categories within those guidelines, with the following modifications:

(a) Further disaggregation of the Black category to differentiate students of African origin and students native to the United States with African ancestors;
(b) Further disaggregation of countries of origin for Asian students;
(c) Further disaggregation of the White category to include subethnic categories for Eastern European nationalities that have significant populations in Washington; and
(d) For students who report as multiracial, collection of their racial and ethnic combination of categories.

(2) Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, school districts shall collect student-level data as provided in subsection (1) of this section for all newly enrolled students, including transfer students. When the students enroll in a different school within the district, school districts shall resurvey the newly enrolled students for whom subracial and subethnic categories were not previously collected. School districts may resurvey other students.”

HB 1541 passed both chambers on March 10th, 2016, and was signed into law on March 30th, 2016. Who sponsored the bill? Democratic senators Santos, Ortiz-Self, Tharinger, Moscoso, Orwall, Gregerson.

Why did they want to collect disaggregated data at subracial, subethnic level? Look at what is happening — after amending the law, with disaggregated data in hand, they now want to apply racial quota in our gifted program, in our K-12 education, and promote preferential treatment.