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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 of Poverty and Inequality in Education and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

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

Reardon, S. F., Fahle, E. M., Kalogrides, D., Podolsky, A., & Zarate, R. C. (2019). Gender Achievement Gaps in US School Districts. AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL, 56(6), 2474–2508.

Reardon, S. F., Kalogrides, D., & Ho, A. D. (2019). Validation Methods for Aggregate-Level Test Scale Linking: A Case Study Mapping School District Test Score Distributions to a Common Scale. JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS.

Jang, H., & Reardon, S. F. (2019). States as Sites of Educational (In)Equality: State Contexts and the Socioeconomic Achievement Gradient. AERA OPEN, 5(3).

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