We are committed to generating and synthesizing research on key civil rights and equal opportunity policies that have been neglected or overlooked.
Well before the passing of the "Leave No Child Behind" Act of 2002, which renewed the nation's interest in K-12 education, The Civil Rights Project had been focused on critical issues affecting this country's elementary and secondary students. CRP believes that equal educational opportunity is a necessary prerequisite to equal educational outcomes. Further, CRP believes that all students benefit from ethnically diverse educational experiences. For the past several years, a main focus of our research has been to demonstrate concrete educational benefits derived from attending diverse elementary and secondary schools. Research in the area of K-12 Education has been extensive with the hopes of having a broad impact nation-wide.
Our current research interests related to K-12 education include:
The effectiveness of Title I reforms
Dropout trends and remedies
The impacts and benefits of racial and ethnic diversity in education
Resegregation trends and remedies in our nation's public schools
Effective educational policies for language minority students (English Language Learners)
Recent K-12 Research
- A Status Quo of Segregation: Racial and Economic Imbalance in New Jersey Schools, 1989-2010
- This report is the fourth in a special series on school segregation in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. New Jersey has a curious status regarding school desegregation. It has had the nation’s most venerable and strongest state law prohibiting racially segregated schooling and requiring racial balance in the schools whenever feasible. Yet, it simultaneously has had one of the worst records of racially imbalanced schools.
- Nationwide Survey of State Education Agencies’ Online School Disciplinary Data
- This Nationwide Survey of State Education Agency (SEA) websites from all 50 states and Washington, DC compiles publicly-reported school disciplinary data into one spreadsheet. Although most states offer additional data on disciplinary actions upon request, this tool only uses data readily available to the public online.
- Web Tool: Suspension Data by State or School District
- For those working every day to plug the school-to-prison pipeline, access to timely data on suspensions and disparities between school districts is critical. This web tool developed allows users to access that information for their state or school district in minutes.
- Losing Ground: School Segregation in Massachusetts
- The time has come for Massachusetts to get serious about dealing more effectively with its diversity. Because the nonwhite populations have historically been small and there is a general white attitude that the state is progressive and has done enough, the issues are often ignored.
- Settle for Segregation or Strive for Diversity? A Defining Moment for Maryland’s Public Schools
- This report is the second in a series of 12 reports analyzing school segregation in the Eastern states. It investigates trends in school segregation in Maryland over the last two decades by examining concentration, exposure and evenness measures by both race and class. After exploring the overall enrollment patterns and segregation trends at the state level, this report turns to the Baltimore metropolitan area to analyze similar measures of segregation.
- Out of School & Off Track: Reports by District
- These regional reports detail suspension rates for students based on Department of Education data. Disaggregation by school level, race and disability status reveals profound disparities in the risk for out of school suspensions.
- Out of School and Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools
- In this first of a kind breakdown of data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools, CRP researchers estimate that well over two million students were suspended during the 2009-2010 academic year. This means that one out of every nine secondary school students was suspended at least once during that year. As other studies demonstrate, the vast majority of suspensions are for minor infractions of school rules, such as disrupting class, tardiness, and dress code violations, rather than for serious violent or criminal behavior. serious incidents are rare and result in expulsions, which are not covered by this report.