Resources for Supporting American Indian/Alaska Native Students

To support American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students, CSAI has produced documents that outline strategies for states, districts, and schools to potentially utilize. These documents outline issues and barriers that have adversely impacted AI/AN students' learning outcomes, and strategies that address these issues. 

The State of American Indian Education Today 

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.  

Strategies to Improve Outcomes for American Indian Students 

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. 

Improving Educational Outcomes of American Indian/Alaska Native 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.