EdPolicyWorks Speaker Series: sean reardon

Reflections on Research on Educational Inequality in the U.S.

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  • Holloway Hall (Bavaro 116)


In this talk I will discuss the state of the field of research on educational inequality in the U.S. I will offer some suggestions for research questions and methods that might further our understanding of a) the processes that produce and sustain educational inequality; b) the effects of specific policies and practices on educational inequality; c) the forces that shape both inequality-producing and -reducing policies and conditions; and d) promising strategies for reducing educational inequality.


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sean reardon is the endowed Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology 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 in applied statistical methods for educational research. He particularly studies issues of residential and school segregation, and of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement and educational success. His work develops methods of measuring social and educational inequality (including the measurement of segregation and achievement gaps) and methods of causal inference in educational and social science research.

Professor Reardon is the director of the Educational Opportunity Project (EOP; link to here: http://edopportunity.org/) and the developer of the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA), a database of roughly 450 million 3-8th grade standardized test scores that provides measures of educational opportunity for nearly every public school, district, county, and state in the US. He received his doctorate in education in 1997 from Harvard University and is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award and the National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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