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Sociology Department Colloquium: Sean Reardon

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May 5, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Please join us for a colloquium being given by Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and Professor, by courtesy, of Sociology at Stanford University.

“Family Socioeconomic Status, Race/Ethnicity, Segregation, and Educational Inequality”

I will describe a set of analyses examining the relationships among family socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, segregation patterns, and inequality in educational outcomes.  The analyses are based on data in the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA), a newly constructed data set based on over 200 million test scores and demographic data on students in all 12,000+ public school districts in the U.S.  The analyses show that 1) family socioeconomic conditions are a powerful predictor of academic achievement; 2) this association grows stronger from grades 3 to 8; 3) segregation – particularly racial and ethnic disparities in school poverty rates – is strongly related to academic achievement gaps, net of racial/ethnic disparities in socioeconomic status. nonetheless, there is substantial variation in academic performance and achievement gaps, even among school districts with similar socioeconomic composition. I will discuss what these patterns imply for our understanding of the role of schooling in reducing/exacerbating educational and social inequality.