Presenter's Name(s)

Sophie E. SepelFollow

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Jennifer Strickler

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Sociology

Primary Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Title

Effects of Demographic and Institutional Factors on New York State Graduation Rates

Time

3:00 PM

Location

Silver Maple Ballroom - Social Sciences

Abstract

Over half a century after Brown vs. Board of Education, the United States remains a country with large gaps in educational equality. While the variety of student experiences in K-12 public schools is vast, educational attainment is also greatly impacted by inequalities experienced in students' home lives. This work analyzes the effects of both demographic and institutional factors on high school graduation rates for New York state school districts. Specifically, the study investigates the impact of school spending categories and compares these factors alongside district-level factors of race, socio-economic status, and special education. Quantitative data analysis shows the heavy impact of the socio-economic status of students in the district and highlights the diversity of different district types in the state of New York.

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Effects of Demographic and Institutional Factors on New York State Graduation Rates

Over half a century after Brown vs. Board of Education, the United States remains a country with large gaps in educational equality. While the variety of student experiences in K-12 public schools is vast, educational attainment is also greatly impacted by inequalities experienced in students' home lives. This work analyzes the effects of both demographic and institutional factors on high school graduation rates for New York state school districts. Specifically, the study investigates the impact of school spending categories and compares these factors alongside district-level factors of race, socio-economic status, and special education. Quantitative data analysis shows the heavy impact of the socio-economic status of students in the district and highlights the diversity of different district types in the state of New York.