ERIC Number: ED325575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Resegregation of Public School Districts, 1968-1986. CDE Working Paper #90-16.
Taeuber, Karl; And Others
This study assesses trends in public school segregation using the index of dissimilarity calculated from racial enrollment data for the period 1968-1986. Here desegregation is defined as a cumulative decline of at least 20 points and resegregation as an increase of at least 10 points from the district's lowest score. In 87 percent of the 960 school districts that underwent racial desegregation, the most recent segregation score was within 10 points of the lowest score observed at any prior date. Many of the 129 districts that experienced resegregation exhibited a slow drift upwards from the low score. Resegregation of more than 20 points occurred in 29 districts. In a multivariate analysis, contextual characteristics (region, size, and racial composition) have insignificant net effects on the likelihood of resegregation. Characteristics of the district's prior desegregation experience (timing, pace, and extent) have stronger net effects, but no combination of characteristics makes resegregation likely. Statistical data are presented in four tables and four graphs. A list of 28 references is included. (Author/DM)
Descriptors: Blacks, Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, Multivariate Analysis, National Surveys, Public Schools, School Desegregation, School Districts, School Resegregation, Urban Schools, Whites
Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin, 1180 Observatory Drive, Room 4412, Madison, WI 53706.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Graduate School.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center for Demography and Ecology.