Based on research and data from the National Center on Education Statistics, this document provides an overview of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students' academic performance, based on a number of metrics. Included is data on AI/AN students' performance on some national and state assessments, graduation rates, and coursework taking patterns, compared to their peers. The document concludes with a discussion of the Every Student Succeeds Act and its implication for AI/AN students' learning opportunities.
This brief is designed to support states, districts, and schools in developing strategies to support the academic achievement of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. The brief overview discusses strategies for addressing achievement barriers that AI/AN students might face in school, as well as how school leaders can develop a master plan to best support AI/AN students.
With USED's emphasis on the use of evidence-based strategies to improve students' learning outcomes, the focus of this document is to highlight strategies that could be used to support American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students' learning. States, districts, and schools looking to best support their AI/AN students might use culturally-based instruction and school climate improvement as part of educational plans. The document also discusses how to improve collaboration and outreach to AI/AN families and communities. Included in this document are evidence-based resources and tools that might be used for more information and action.