Special populations include students with disabilities, students from economically disadvantaged families (including foster children), students preparing for nontraditional fields, single parents (including single pregnant women), displaced homemakers, and individuals with limited English proficiency.
- Association on Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- National Alliance for Partnership in Equity (NAPE)
- STEM Equity Pipeline
Students with disabilities:
A student with any disability as defined in Section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Students from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children:
Secondary - a student who qualifies for free or reduced lunch or a post secondary student who qualifies for a Pell grant
Students preparing for nontraditional training and employment:
Nontraditional fields are defined as occupations or fields of work, including careers in computer science, technology, and other current and emerging high skill occupations for whom students from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed in such occupation or field of work.
Single parents, including single pregnant women:
This includes pregnant and parenting teens and both fathers and mothers.
A student who has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and a family and for that reason has diminished marketable skills; has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; or is a parent whose youngest dependent child will become ineligible to receive assistance under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act; and is employed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
Students with other barriers to educational achievement, including individuals with limited English proficiency:
A student who has limited English speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language and whose native languages is a language other than English; or who lives in a family of community environment in which a language other than English is the dominant language.