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
- Why High Stakes Accountability Sounds Good But Doesn‘t Work— And Why We Keep on Doing It Anyway
- The Civil Rights Project has been studying the results of NCLB in six states since it was passed and has previously issued 12 reports, as well as two books and a number of articles, on its implementation and the results.
- The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies
- The challenges that face Latino students threaten to undermine the academic accomplishments and economic prospects of the U.S. as a whole. This book examines the educational landscape for Latino students, looks at policies that have failed to support Latino families, and suggests specific policies that can address these problems.
- Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge
- The election of Barack Obama is a breakthrough that would have been unimaginable a half century ago and a triumph of the long movement for racial justice. But a new report from the Civil Rights Project, Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge, points out that it would be wrong to assume that our nation has now realized Dr. King's dream and created a society where race no longer matters. In fact, the report concludes the opposite: the U.S. continues to move backward toward increasing minority segregation in highly unequal schools; the job situation remains especially bleak for American blacks, and Latinos have a college completion rate that is shockingly low. At the same time, very little is being done to address large scale challenges such as continuing discrimination in the housing and home finance markets, among other differences across racial lines.
- Twenty-First Century Color Lines: Multiracial Change in Contemporary America
- Twenty-First Century Color Lines offers a wide variety of new perspectives about moving from the traditional racial issues of the U.S. toward an understanding of a vastly more complex multiracial setting.
- The Forgotten Choice? Rethinking Magnet Schools in a Changing Landscape
- Historically, magnet schools have been an important part of school districts' efforts to improve equity and quality in our nation's schools and enroll twice as many students as charter schools. But as charters – created without fundamental civil rights considerations - have become a central focus of school choice proponents, federal funds for magnet schools have been frozen. A new report, The Forgotten Choice? Rethinking Magnet Schools in a Changing Landscape, looks at the policy effects of neglecting magnet schools.
- Building on Success: Educational Diversity and Equity in Kentucky Higher Education
- This comprehensive study of equity in the entire Kentucky system not only assesses the state's progress under plans developed to comply with federal civil rights law over the past 26 years, but also recommends strategies for the next generation.
- Proposition 227 in California: A Long-Term Appraisal of Its Impact on Language Minority Student Achievement
- For almost ten years now, school districts and more importantly English learners have felt the impact of Prop 227’s policy change. A number of research reports have attempted to analyze the impact of Prop 227 with varying methods and findings. In most cases, the reports relied on achievement data that straddled three different standardized tests, the Stanford-9 Achievement Test (SAT-9), the California Achievement Tests, Sixth Edition Survey (CAT-6), and the California Standards Test (CST). This study uses five years of CST data to examine Prop 227’s impact on English learner achievement.