Longitudinal School Attendance Boundary Study
A project out of Penn State University, the Longitudinal School Attendance Boundary Study (LSABS), is a novel data collection effort that aims to collect longitudinal data on school attendance zone boundaries from school districts across the country. Co-led by Chris Fowler and Erica Frankenberg, the project will lead to a database of attendance zone boundaries from 1990 to 2020, which will be made available to the public for research. Upon completion of the project, the researchers will produce a publicly available data source that captures boundary changes from 1990 to 2020 for a national sample of K-12 school districts. Among other uses, the new database can help enrich our understanding of the relationship between school and housing patterns, especially allowing for analysis of the changes in school and neighborhood demographics over time. It can also provide a new and unique option for scholars/researchers to use as a proxy for “neighborhoods” in demographic research and writing. While census tracts or block groups have traditionally been used to approximate “neighborhoods,” school zones may more accurately reflect the way people think of their own communities.
Funding Resource: National Science Foundation
Project Lead: Dr. Christopher Fowler, Dr. Erica Frankenberg