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What updates are coming to Ascend in 2023-24?

In 2022-23, PERTS is working to expand data disaggregation in Ascend reports. Since its inception, Ascend was designed to assist educators in identifying and improving equity gaps, especially for students from marginalized backgrounds. In its current design, reports demonstrate data by gender, race, and ethnicity but only to a limited degree. For example, while the survey includes 18 different race-ethnicity options for participants, reports only display results separately for members of racial and ethnic groups that are structurally disadvantaged within the U.S. education system (according to national education statistics on college access).  Similarly, survey participants can choose to identify as boy/man, girl/women, non-binary/other, or prefer not to say. However, Reports only disaggregate data for participants identifying as boys/men or as girls/women.

PERTS is currently building a new data infrastructure that will allow educators to view data by fine-grained categories, including intersections of these categories, while also maintaining the confidentiality of participants’ responses. Specifically, the new data infrastructure will support data disaggregation by seven different race-ethnicity groups:

  • Asian/Asian-American

  • Black/African-American

  • Indigenous

  • Hispanic/Latinx

  • Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian

  • White/European-American

  • Other Race or Ethnicity

  • Unknown/Did Not Respond

And, the following gender groups:

  • Girl/Woman

  • Boy/Man

  • Non-binary/Other Gender

  • Unknown/Did Not Respond

Our new data infrastructure will also allow educators to see breakdowns by intersections of these categories, for example, Asian/Asian-American boys, or Latinx, Non-binary participants.

Interested in Providing Feedback?

As we build our new data infrastructure, we want to ensure we capture the lived experiences of those in the classroom and in schools. If you’re interested in providing feedback to improve data disaggregation, please email

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