School Segregation and Racial Academic Achievement Gaps

  title={School Segregation and Racial Academic Achievement Gaps},
  author={Sean F. Reardon},
  pages={34 - 57}
Although it is clear that racial segregation is linked to academic achievement gaps, the mechanisms underlying this link have been debated since James Coleman published his eponymous 1966 report. In this paper, I examine sixteen distinct measures of segregation to determine which is most strongly associated with academic achievement gaps. I find clear evidence that one aspect of segregation in particular—the disparity in average school poverty rates between white and black students’ schools—is… 

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