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Sean F. Reardon


My research investigates the causes, patterns, trends, and consequences of social and educational inequality. In particular, I study issues of residential and school segregation and of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement and educational success. In addition, my work develops methods of measuring social and educational inequality (including the measurement of segregation and achievement gaps) and methods of causal inference in educational and social science research.

Other Titles

Professor, Graduate School of Education
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Professor (By courtesy), Sociology

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
SHIPS (PhD): Economics of Education
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Policy
SHIPS (PhD): Sociology of Education

Research Interests

Achievement | Data Sciences | Diversity and Identity | Economics and Education | Educational Policy | Poverty and Inequality | Sociology

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Recent Publications

Shear, B. R., & Reardon, S. F. (2020). Using Pooled Heteroskedastic Ordered Probit Models to Improve Small-Sample Estimates of Latent Test Score Distributions. JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS.

Fahle, E. M., Reardon, S. F., Kalogrides, D., Weathers, E. S., & Jang, H. (2020). Racial Segregation and School Poverty in the United States, 1999-2016. RACE AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

Bloom, H. S., Unterman, R., Zhu, P., & Reardon, S. F. (2020). Lessons from New York City's Small Schools of Choice about High School Features that Promote Graduation for Disadvantaged Students. JOURNAL OF POLICY ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT.

sean reardon in the News & Media

The Globe and Mail
Extended school closings, which shift the responsibility onto parents to manage their children’s education, are only likely to widen the achievement gap, Professor Sean Reardon says.
July 27, 2020
Professor Sean Reardon's research on achievement gaps between poorer and wealthier children is cited in this article about online schooling during COVID-19.
May 13, 2020
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