Sean Reardon

Sean Reardon
Sean Reardon
Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education,
Stanford University

Sean Reardon is the endowed Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and professor (by courtesy) of sociology at Stanford University. His research focuses on the causes, patterns, trends, and consequences of social and educational inequality; the effects of educational policy on educational and social inequality; and applied statistical methods for educational research. Professor Reardon developed the Stanford Education Data Archive, which uses standardized test scores to measure educational opportunity, average test score performance, academic achievement gaps, and other information for every public school district in the U.S. Reardon is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award, the National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He received his PhD in education from Harvard University.

updated 2018

Publications by Sean Reardon
Public education in California is a study in contrasts. By many measures, schools are improving and students are doing better. But look deeper and there are significant differences in educational opportunities and, therefore, outcomes based on race…
Findings from School District-University Collaborative Partnerships
Recent policy changes in California’s education system have opened up a unique opportunity to improve educational opportunities for the state’s 1.4 million English learner students (ELs). The implementation of new state standards including new…
A new PACE policy brief summarizes the findings from a study investigating the impact of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) on California’s lowest performing students. Utilizing longitudinal data from four large urban school districts,…