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Juana Navarro

Internship Title: Assessing Educational Inequality in California’s Central Valley and Imperial Valley
Department: Economics and Business Management
Mentor Name: Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

While the state of California boasts the largest economy in the country, it also ranks among the top ten in income inequality. Within California, the Central Valley and the Imperial Valley regions lead in terms of poverty rates and student inequities. This study aims to assess students’ academic progression and document achievement gaps across racial/ethnic minority students relative to non-minority students. A secondary aim of this project is to understand the underlying mechanisms for any persistent achievement gaps, paying close attention to the role of student, school, and locality traits.