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Studies consistently show that racially, culturally, and economically diverse schools are strongly associated with a range of short and long term benefits for all racial groups. This includes gains in math, science, reading, and critical thinking skills and 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.
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The Spivack Archive is a searchable database of 500+ entries that concern the effects of school and classroom ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic (SES) composition on specific outcomes.
Still Looking to the Future: Voluntary K-12 School Integration by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Civil Rights Project (2008)
Integrating Suburban Schools: How to Benefit from Growing Diversity and Avoid Segregation by the Civil Rights Project (2011)