Student Assignment Resources


Student Assignment Models

Student-Assignment Policies in Other Cities, 21st Century School Fund (2013)

Integrating Suburban Schools: How to Benefit from Growing Diversity and Avoid Segregation by Adai Tefera, Erica Frankenberg, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Gina Chirichigno (2011)

“Student Assignment After Seattle & Louisville” and Prospects for Equity in Boston Public Schools’ School Assignment Plans (from the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute’s March 2010 “Golden Opportunity Summit” on student assignment in the Boston public schools)

Still Looking to the Future: Voluntary K-12 School Integration – A Manual for Parents, Educators and Advocates by NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (2008)


Related Resources

Exploring the Intersection Between Transportation Justice and Student Travel (2019)

Furthering Diversity in K-12 Schools through Student Assignment, a collection of resources from a day-long conference on student assignment hosted by Penn State’s Center for Education and Civil Rights in 2017 (co-sponsored by the National Coalition on School Diversity, along with the Poverty and Race Research Action Council and Georgetown Law)

Using Socioeconomic Indicators as a Tool for School Diversity and Integration (2017)

Socioeconomic Student Assignment Plans: Opportunities for Low-Income and Racial Diversity in K-12 Public Schools (2014)

The significance of boundaries


Vox: We can draw school zones to make classrooms less segregated. This is how well your district does.

The Law of School Catchment Areas by Sam Brill (2019)

Real-world examples
Please note that our listing of resources below does not equate to an endorsement of specific student assignment models or approaches. 

New York City, NY:

Washington, DC:

Montgomery County, MD:

Eden Prairie, MN:

The otherwise quiet, uneventful city-suburb of Eden Prairie, MN erupted after educators proposed a new school assignment map designed to reduce racial and economic segregation. This former farming community quickly became the poster child for the racially and culturally shifting suburban landscape and a harbinger of storms to come. What differentiates Eden Prairie from the dozens, if not hundreds, of places similarly situated, is that educators here refused to cave under pressure from an organized, privileged class who saw no reason to mess with a “neighborhood school” organization that incorporated economic and racial segregation into its design.