Revisiting the Coleman Report

Education Next is running a series of articles commemorating the 50th anniversary of James S. Coleman’s groundbreaking report, “Equality of Educational Opportunity.” The full series will appear in the Spring 2016 issue of Education Next. Articles will be posted here as they are released online.

Education Next hosted a conference in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 25, 2016, to coincide with this special issue of the journal. Click here to learn more about the event.

James S. Coleman: Education’s North Star
From the Editors
By Paul E. Peterson
The Life and Times of James S. Coleman
Hero and villain of school policy research
By Sally B. Kilgore
What Matters for Student Achievement
Updating Coleman on the influence of families and schools
By Eric A. Hanushek
Game Plan for Learning
Building on Coleman’s early theories, new academic competitions motivate students to achieve
By Greg Toppo
Desegregation Since the Coleman Report
Racial composition of schools and student learning
By Steven Rivkin
In Schools, Teacher Quality Matters Most
Today’s research reinforces Coleman’s findings
By Dan Goldhaber
Schools of Choice
Expanding opportunity for urban minority students
By Martin R. West
The Immensity of The Coleman Data Project
Gaining clarity on the report’s flaws will improve future research
By Caroline Hoxby
How Family Background Influences Student Achievement
Can schools narrow the gap?
By Anna J. Egalite
Teacher, Mentor, Colleague
James Coleman generously shared his knowledge and expertise
By Tom Hoffer
Connecting to Practice
How we can put education research to work
By Thomas J. Kane


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