Key Facts



  • Research has shown that heterogeneous classrooms benefit all students, even high achieving students.
  • One study found that 37 percent of the achievement gap between rich and poor students can be explained by academic tracking. 

Harms of School SEGREGATION

  • "The results of this racial isolation and discrimination in schools are striking: only 22 percent of black Americans earns a college degree, as compared to 41 percent of the white population. Compared to white college graduates nationwide, black college graduates are twice as likely to be unemployed." 


  • There is a large body of literature pointing to the numerous academic and social benefits of school integration. As one researcher argues, “diversity makes us smarter.”

School Consolidation

  • Across the country, 175 school districts have open desegregation cases.  Two segregated school districts in Mississippi were mandated to consolidate by the Mississippi legislature in 2013.  The result has been "a rare opportunity to reimagine desegregation" in the hopes that the newly formed district will narrow inequities and close racial gaps in education.

School Integration Policy

Race / Ethnicity NJ Public School Students

  • New Jersey’s public school system serves 1.37 million students from pre-Kindergarten through high school.

  • The New Jersey Department of Education oversees 2,522 schools operating across 599 school districts. 89 of these schools are charters serving 41,620 students.

  • 38% of public school students in New Jersey are economically disadvantaged.

  • 5% of public school students in New Jersey have limited English proficiency.

  •  NJ has a 90% 4-year adjusted high school graduation rate, with a 97% graduation rate for Asian students, 82% for Black students, 83% for Hispanic students, 94% for White students, 82% for economically disadvantaged students, and 74% for limited English proficiency students.

  • 79% of high school graduates matriculate to a post-secondary institution (34% of these students enter 2-year institutions and 65% enter 4-year institutions).