It’s one bubble on a form, but for those tasked with raising Native American achievement in Seattle Public Schools, it’s a big problem.
Seattle Public Schools collects demographic data on its students by asking them to fill in the appropriate box on a form. In 2011, they added a new ethnic category: multiracial.
This resulted in a large group of students who had previously identified themselves as Native American changing their definition to multiracial. They might still be eligible for funding under federal grants supporting Native American education (any student who has a grandparent who is a Native American or Alaska Native tribal member is eligible for Title 7 funding, for example), but you couldn’t find them in the district’s computer system.