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Inequality of Educational Opportunity in the US: Evidence from Population Data, 2009-2015

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Sean Reardon (Stanford University, Graduate School of Education)

Monday, 4/2/2018, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 1430 ISR - Thompson

Sean Reardon will discuss work from a set of papers using test score data to examine patterns of educational outcomes (and, by inference, patterns of educational opportunity) in 11,000 school districts in the US. He will describe patterns of educational opportunity by race and family economic status, as well as how educational opportunity varies in early childhood and the middle-grade years. He'll explore the extent to which these patterns are associated with observable community sociodemographic and school resource characteristics.

Segregation is a consistent predictor of racial and socioeconomic disparities in test scores and of the rate at which these disparities grow as children progress through school. Reardon will argue that segregation is a limiting condition for the equality of educational opportunity, but a lack of segregation, by itself, is not sufficient to ensure equality of educational opportunity.

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Sean Reardon is the endowed Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education at Stanford University. His research focuses on the causes, patterns, trends, and consequences of social and educational inequality; the effects of educational policy on educational and social inequality; and applied statistical methods for educational research.

He also develops new methods to measure social and educational inequality (including the measurement of segregation and achievement gaps) and methods of causal inference in educational and social science research.

He received his doctorate in education in 1997 from Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award, the National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

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