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Cal2Action is a call to all Cal students to take action on the issues you care about. Cal2Action is a tool for you to learn background about social justice issues, connect to other committed students, and find the best way for you to get involved.
Bay Area school districts have the largest racial achievement gaps in the state of California. Cal2Action: Education Equity is a call to Cal students who are committed to building an equitable education system that will serve all youth, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or income.
Through this site, you can find hundreds of opportunities to work with youth or schools. You can compare schools by the percentage of students enrolled who receive free and reduced price lunch, and by their API scores. API stands for Academic Performance Index and is the State of California’s method of measuring student performance. For a school to meet the state criteria of “basic” an average API of 700 is expected, and for a school to be considered “proficient” it should average at least 875. However, you will notice that in the schools large enough to break API scores down by race and ethnicity, there are frequently large gaps between students of color and white students or by the average score and the score for economically-disadvantaged students.
If you are looking for a way to get involved, consider some of the schools that have high enrollments of students receiving free and reduced price lunch. Or, consider contacting a school that does not currently have any student programs – you might be the first student to help out there.