Research Briefs

NCSD member Susan Eaton discusses her book, “The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial,” with an audience at the Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT (2014).


Many studies have shown that racially, culturally, and economically diverse school settings are strongly associated with a range of short and long term benefits for all racial groups. These benefits include gains in math, science, reading, and critical thinking skills, as well as improvements in graduation rates. Research also demonstrates that diverse schools are better equipped than high-poverty schools to counteract the negative effects of poverty. Over the long-term, students who attend diverse schools are more likely than students from homogeneous schools to choose diverse colleges, neighborhoods, and workplaces later in life. They possess better critical thinking skills and analytical ability and are more likely to form cross-racial friendships.  Synthesized research on the benefits of diverse schools is available below.Research Brief Image













  • Spivack Archive–a searchable database of research on the effects of school and classroom ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic composition on student outcomes, developed by Professor Roslyn Mickelson



Click here to learn more about NCSD’s Research Advisory Panel and School Diversity Research Network.