ITEST Participants: Reaching Underserved and Underrepresented Groups
The National Science Foundation ITEST Program explicitly states its commitment to “projects that focus on students from groups underserved and underrepresented in STEM and ICT-intensive careers” in the 2011 program solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11525/nsf11525.htm). The ITEST Management Information System (MIS) asks projects to identify characteristics of their student participants, and this Data Brief explores that information to see whether and to what degree projects are working with underserved and underrepresented students.
Over the nine years that NSF has been funding ITEST projects, more than 227,500 students and 8,000 teachers have participated in STEM and ICT-intensive learning experiences through the program. In 2011, 83 projects completed the MIS, 55 of which were in years 1 to 3 of implementation. They served a total of 1,835 teachers and 10,838 student participants. An additional 79,000 students were exposed to ITEST learning experiences in classrooms taught by teacher participants. View this issue.