IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders Push for Recognition In Education Data

As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to push for disaggregated data, the stakes are high for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to push for disaggregated data in order to address the needs of all communities, the stakes are high for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities that have reported higher-than-average dropout rates.

According to a 2014 report by Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), less than 20 percent of NHPI adults have a bachelor's degree. The report also found that only 17 percent of NHPI high school graduates met college readiness benchmarks compared to the national average (25 percent).

RELATED: How Pacific Islander Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks

RELATED: Report Highlights Higher Education Disparities Within Asian America

"Re-Examined: Education's Model Minority Myth" is part of "NBC Asian America Presents...," a digital video channel that will feature original content centered around themes and voices found in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Look for new "Re-Examined" videos published on Tuesdays in August. Episodes can also be watched on NBC Asian America's Facebook page, NBC News' official YouTube channel, and the NBC News app available on mobile devices, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

Catch up on more videos online at


Follow NBC Asian America on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.