Despite decades of traditional policy approaches to closing the achievement gap, disparities in educational attainment still exist by race and socioeconomic economic circumstances. The Price Center conducts research to develop, scale, and diffuse new models and processes to improve educational attainment across all grade levels, including postsecondary education.

Toxic Neighborhoods: The Effects of Concentrated Poverty and Environmental Lead Contamination on Early Childhood Development

Demography, Duke University Press

Year: 2022

Although socioeconomic disparities in cognitive ability emerge early in the life course, most research on the consequences of living in a disadvantaged neighborhood has focused on school-age children or adolescents. In this study, we outline and test a theoretical model … Continue reading

Measuring Segregation With The Normalized Exposure Index

Year: 2022

There are two broad approaches to measuring segregation: measures of exposure and measures of evenness. Exposure indices measure the school composition that the average student of a given racial group is “exposed” to — e.g., a White-Hispanic exposure value of … Continue reading

Trends In Racial/Ethnic And Economic School Segregation, 1991-2020

Year: 2022

Seventy years after legal decisions like Mendez v. Westminster and Brown v. Board of Education outlawed separate school systems on the basis of race, school segregation in the U.S. persists, with pernicious consequences for educational equity. Racial/ethnic and economic school … Continue reading

The Segregation Index

Year: 2022

Neighborhood and school segregation remain key barriers to social mobility and equal opportunity. To tackle these long-standing inequalities, we must have a clear understanding of patterns and trends in racial/ethnic and socioeconomic segregation. The Segregation Index will be a comprehensive … Continue reading

Evaluating the Emergency Aid Programs at USC and Los Angeles Community College District

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

The Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation established emergency aid programs at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) in 2019. Although the programs differ slightly in their application and disbursement processes, both programs provide cash … Continue reading

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