Race & Ethnicity Data Collection

  • Why do we need this information?

    The State of Washington requires us to collect this information based upon guidance from the Race & Ethnicity Student Data Task Force. The information collected is more detailed and will allow us to ensure we are providing equitable resources and opportunities for all our students. Washington state now has 222 racial categories to choose from. If a student identifies as multiple races, you will be able to indicate each race in their record. The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the confidentiality of this information.

    What do I need to do?

    Please complete the steps for each of your students enrolled at NTPS, making sure to select both ethnicity and race. According to the U.S. Department of Education, every student must have ethnicity and one or more races designated.

    Is this required?

    Families are not required to provide this updated information. However, districts are required to report every student's race & ethnicity to both the state and federal governments. If you choose not to update your student's record, staff will update it with information that matches the information you used when your student was initially enrolled, which may or may not be accurate, and will be labeled "observer identification".


    Please contact your school office if you have questions or need assistance.