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Identifying Underrepresented Communities

One of the major goals of NSF Broader Impacts is to encourage diversity and enable the participation of "underrepresented minorities" in science and research

  • Underrepresented students in science and engineering generally come from low-income families, and Title I schools have a higher percentage of low-income families (as defined by the US government).
  • I could not find a definitive posting of Title I schools in CA (you can always call and ask), but a good site for identifying elementary and high schools with great potential for impact is:
  • Unfortunately, you will not be reaching too many underrepresented students through activities at Davis schools.  But not too far away is: West Sacramento, Fairfield, etc. 
  • Also, note that the California State and community college systems generally have more underrepresented students.

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OTHER RESOURCES (less user-friendly than site listed above)

  • CA Academic Performance Index (API) data for schools
      • From http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/:
        • Academic Performance Index (API): The cornerstone of California's Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999; measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures.
  • Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Results for CA
      • http://star.cde.ca.gov/
        • Here you can review results and news releases on California Department of Education’s standardized tests.
  • U.S. Department of Education Minority Serving Institutions (Colleges & Universities)
      • From http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html:
        • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is providing on this webpage lists, or hyperlinks to lists maintained by other offices in the Department of Education, of institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of minority students, or that serve certain populations of minority students under various programs created by Congress. OCR provides these lists solely as a service to the public.
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