Desegregation court cases and school demographic data

Racial and Ethnic Composition by School District and Metropolitan Region

This page leads to data on the racial/ethnic composition of public elementary schools in each decade beginning in most cases in 1970. It also provides measures of school segregation, which declined substantially in the 1970s nationwide but changed little since 1980. Additional information is provided about the 2010-2011 test score performance of the schools that children attended and shares of free-lunch-eligible children. Within the same district the disparities between schools attended by white and minority children are often not large, but on a metropolitan level they are severe.

Use the menu below to select a state or a metropolitan region, and then a school district within it.

  • Browse school districts by selecting a state:

  • Browse school districts by selecting an MSA:

Or choose a metropolitan region, for demographic and performance data about all elementary schools across the region plus links to central-city and suburban data:


Click here for additional technical information on the sources of data and construction of indices. From the download page , you can get the data.