ERIC Number: ED208502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Some Relationships of Demographic Characteristics of School Districts and Indices of Desegregation.
Dziuban, Charles D.
The study of the movement to desegregate the public schools of this country has led to the development of numerous indices of desegregation. These measures have been used for various purposes, including assessing the effectiveness of desegregation efforts, the changes in patterns of desegregation, and the relationship between desegregation status and school district characteristics. For this study, school enrollment data for the 1978-79 school year were obtained for all public schools in Florida's 67 school districts. Eight indices of segregation or racial isolation were computed for each district. The measures were Thiel's and Finizza's Measure of Racial Entropy (1967), Cisin's Segregation Index Number One (1970), Cisin's Segregation Index Number Two (1970), Farley's and Taeuber's Dissimilarity Index (1974), and Replacement Index (1974), the Index of Feasible Desegregation (Rossell and Crain, 1973), the Interracial School Contact Index (Coleman, 1975), and the Standardized Measure of Segregation (Coleman, 1975). These measures were compared across the Florida system while the size of the district and the proportion of minorities were used as independent variables. The results indicate that different indices will lead to different conclusions in identical situations. It is possible to pick an index to get a desired result. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).