ERIC Number: ED152943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Alternative Measures of School Segregation. Reprint 208.
Zoloth, Barbara S.
Land Economics, p278-98 Aug 1976
Three measures of desegregation are examined in this article. The first measure examined, the dissimilarity index, is based on the absolute deviation of the racial composition of a school from that of the school district. The second measure is referred to as the segregation index and is based on the squared deviation. The third measure investigated derives from information theory. The major purpose of the paper is to examine and compare the properties of these three measures in terms of how useful they are as both descriptive devices and indicators of appropriate policy action. The data used are based on a subset of the information collected from public elementary and secondary schools and school districts in the fall of 1972. These 2,393 districts contain only 55% of the total national public school enrollment, but they include more than 88% of all enrolled minority students. The results indicate that among the three segregation indexes discussed, the one derived from information theory is the most useful. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Note: For a related document, see ED 101 024 ; Not available in hard copy because of poor reproducibility