The Impact of Racial and Ethnic Diversity on Educational Outcomes: Cambridge, MA School District
Impact of racial and ethnic diversity on educational outcomes
Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation:
The Civil Rights Project
- Students of all races/ethnicities have similar attitudes and views, indicating consistently high degree of comfort living and working with students from other groups.
- Students feel prepared for jobs working with diverse people. School experience helped students to better understand other groups.
- Black, Latino, and Other students report less encouragement from counselors to take honors or AP classes than do White and Asian students.
- Overall, students perceive positive support from teachers generally and with respect to their higher education aspirations.
Aspirations, Attitudes, Democracy, Diversity, Outcomes, Peer Effects, Teachers, Tracking
Method of Analysis:
Unit of Analysis:
- Survey data from the Diversity Assessment Questionnaire (DAQ) includes 70 items to test several dimensions of experiences and attitudes on student learning and peer interaction.
- The report highlights four areas (student learning & peer interaction; citizenship & democratic principals; future educational aspirations & goals; perceived support by the school).
- The survey was given to 379 12th graders at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School.
- 78% response rate (31% White, 18% Black, 10% Latino, 14& Other, 10% Multiracial, 4% Asian).
- DV: Race
- IV: Positive experiences with and attitudes toward diversity and other races, encouragement and support from teachers and counselors