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K-12 Education

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:


Recent K-12 Research


Research Item Policy in Practice: The Implementation of Structured English Immersion in Arizona
Part 5 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. The implementation of the SEI 4- hour block raises concerns with regard to equal educational opportunity and access to English.
Research Item Is Arizona's Approach to Educating its ELs Superior to Other Forms of Instruction?
Part 6 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. There is no research basis for the court's decision in Horne v. Flores. At best SEI is no better or no worse than other instructional strategies when they are both well implemented and the goal is English acquisition.
Research Item The Education of English Language Learners in Arizona: A Legacy of Persisting Achievement Gaps in a Restrictive Language Policy Climate
Part 8 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. Arizona is on the wrong path for closing achievement gaps for its ELL students and that this is due, at least in part, to its highly restrictive language instruction policies.
Research Item The Arizona Home Language Survey and the Identification of Students for ELL Services
Part 7 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. Analyses of data from two Arizona school districts clearly show that use of a single home language survey question will under-identify ELLs.
Research Item Assessment of Young English Language Learners in Arizona: Questioning the Validity of the State Measure of English Proficiency
Part 9 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. The present assessment policy is likely denying services ELLs need and violating the rights of these students to an equal educational opportunity.
Research Item School Integration Efforts Three Years After "Parents Involved"
We know more than ever about the importance of preventing racially segregated schools and the benefits that students—and society—receive from diverse schools. In fact, the Supreme Court, in its 2007 decision, acknowledged this evidence as “compelling” reasons for districts to adopt policies to further integration.
Research Item The Students We Share: A Binational Conference
Conference agenda for the 2010 The Students We Share - A Binational conference.
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