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IES Predoctoral Program Seminar: Dr. Sean Reardon

Add to Calendar Icon 2022-02-18 12:30 2022-02-18 14:00 15 Penn GSE Event: IES Predoctoral Program Seminar: Dr. Sean Reardon Dr. Sean Reardon, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education, presents Is Separate Still Unequal? New Evidence on School Segregation and Racial Academic Achievement Gaps as part of the IES Predoctoral Program weekly seminar series.
3700 Walnut St., Room 203 and on Zoom (contact Melanie Bahti for Zoom info)
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Friday, February 18, 2022 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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3700 Walnut St., Room 203 and on Zoom (contact Melanie Bahti for Zoom info)

This virtual event will be recorded.

Dr. Sean Reardon

The University of Pennsylvania Predoctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Field-based Research in Education, sponsored by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), welcomes Dr. Sean Reardon to our weekly seminar series.

Is Separate Still Unequal? New Evidence on School Segregation and Racial Academic Achievement Gaps
Presented by Dr. Sean Reardon, Professor, Stanford School of Education 

U.S. public schools are highly racially and economically segregated. Prior research shows that the desegregation of Southern schools beginning in the 1960s led to significant benefits for Black students. We do not know, however, whether segregation today has the same harmful effects as it did 50 years ago, nor do we have clear evidence about the mechanisms through which segregation affects achievement. We estimate the effects of current-day school segregation on racial acheivement gaps using 10 years of data from all public districts in the U.S. We find that racial segregation is strongly associated with the magnitude of achievement gaps in third grade and with the rate at which gaps grow from third to eighth grade. The association of segregation with achievement gaps is completely accounted for by racial differences in school poverty (i.e., "racial economic segregation"). Racial segregation appears to be harmful because it concentrates minority students in high-poverty schools, which are, on average, less effective than lower-poverty schools. Exploratory analyses show that segregation-related between-school differences in teacher characteristics are associated with unequal learning rates, but most of the effect of racial economic segregation is unexplained by between-school differences in the set of measured teacher and school characteristics available.

 

More information
The IES Predoctoral Program’s weekly seminar series connects program fellows and affiliates to scholars and practitioners who engage in educational research and the development of research methods.

Seminars are likely of interest to doctoral students and faculty. If you are interested in attending virtually, please email Melanie Bahti for Zoom information.


Event Contact

Melanie Bahti
mbahti@upenn.edu