• Sean Reardon

Leader: Sean Reardon

The purpose of the Education RG is to examine trends in the extent to which educational access and achievement are related to poverty and family background. The scholars working within this RG are examining state-level differences in the effects of social origins, uncovering the causes of the recent rise in the socioeconomic achievement gap, uncovering the causes of the yet more recent turnaround in this rise (among kindergarten children), and examining the ways in which high-achieving children from poor backgrounds can be induced to go to college. The following is a sampling of relevant CPI projects.

Reducing the race gap in test scores: How can the black-white gap in achievement test scores be eliminated? The new Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA) will provide the most systematic evidence to date on the capacity of school-district policies to reduce the gap.

Colleges and rising income inequality: Are colleges delivering upward mobility for those raised in poverty? The new “Mobility Report Card” will provide unusually detailed data on this fundamental question.

Poverty and schooling on reservations: The noted ethnographer Martin Sánchez-Jankowski is examining how education on reservations can be reformed to reduce dropout, poverty, and suicide. 

CPI Collaborators

Shamus Khan's picture Shamus Khan Professor of Sociology
Columbia University
Michael Kirst's picture Michael Kirst President of the California State Board of Education, Emeritus Professor of Education, Emeritus Professor of Business Administration (by courtesy); Emeritus Professor of Political Science
Stanford University
Vered Kraus's picture Vered Kraus Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Haifa
Michele Lamont Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies
Harvard University
Kevin Lang's picture Kevin Lang Professor of Economics; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Boston University