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.

The Supplemental Curriculum Bazaar: Is What’s Online Any Good?

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Year: 2019

In the current study, University of Southern California associate professor Morgan Polikoff and educational consultant Jennifer Dean led an analysis of supplemental materials for high school English language arts (ELA), an area where teachers are highly likely to supplement their … Continue reading

Top Los Angeles County Public Schools for Underserved Students

Year: 2019

Our Top Public Schools for Underserved Students report highlights those schools closing the achievement gap for low-income African American and Latino students in Los Angeles County. Since 2015, we have produced this report annually for Bay Area schools. This is our first … Continue reading

A Patchwork of Identities: Emergence of Charter Schools as a New Organizational Form

Emergence: Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 50

Year: 2017

This paper examines the emergence of an organizational form, charter schools, in Oakland, California. It links field-level logics to organizational founding identities using topic modeling. It finds corporate and community founding actors create distinct and consistent identities, whereas more peripheral … Continue reading

Opportunity Youth in the City of Los Angeles

USC Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2017

The term opportunity youth refers to individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither employed nor enrolled in school. Opportunity youth are disproportionately youth of color, live in low-income neighborhoods and face important barriers to job access … Continue reading

Racial Residential Segregation of School-Age Children and Adults: The Role of Schooling as a Segregating Force

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Year: 2017

Neighborhoods are critical contexts for children’s well-being, but differences in neighborhood inequality among children and adults are understudied. I document racial segregation between neighborhoods among school-age children and adults in 2000 and 2010 and find that though the racial composition … Continue reading

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