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ERIC Number: EJ1012896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Gender Sorting across K-12 Schools in the United States
Long, Mark C.; Conger, Dylan
American Journal of Education, v119 n3 p349-372 May 2013
This article documents evidence of nonrandom gender sorting across K-12 schools in the United States. The sorting exists among coed schools and at all grade levels, and it is highest in the secondary school grades. We observe some gender sorting across school sectors and types: for instance, males are slightly underrepresented in private schools and charter schools and are substantially overrepresented in irregular public schools, a large share of which educates students with special needs and juvenile justice involvement. Gender sorting within sectors and types is also quite prevalent and appears to be highest within the private schools (where single-sex schools are more common) and irregular public schools. We find that gender sorting is higher in counties that have higher shares of enrollment in private and nonregular public schools. This sorting occurs even though parents have similar stated preferences for school attributes for their sons and daughters. (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure, and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey