University of Chicago professor Stephen Raudenbush discusses the history and causes of the achievement gap, its apparent widening, and what can be done in schools to close it.
This presentation was given at the annual policy forum at Erikson Institute's Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy.
Stephen Raudenbush, Ed.D., is the Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago and Chairman of the Committee on Education. He received an Ed.D. in Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research in 1984 from Harvard University and was a professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan from 1998 until 2005.
He is a leading scholar on quantitative methods for studying child and youth development within social settings such as classrooms, schools, and neighborhoods. He is best known for work developing hierarchical linear models, with broad applications in the design and analysis of longitudinal and multilevel research. Raudenbush has been a Scientific Director of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, an ambitious study of how family, neighborhood and school settings shape the academic learning, social development, mental health and exposure to violence of children growing up in Chicago. He is currently studying the impact of residential and school mobility on student learning and developing new measures of school and classroom quality.
In 2008 he gave the annual Brown Lecture, established to commemorate the anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court Decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, which banned legally segregated school systems.