Going the Distance: Understand the Benefits of a Long Commute to School

Research Report

Going the Distance: Understand the Benefits of a Long Commute to School

October 4, 2018

Abstract

In an analysis of 3,100 students entering ninth grade in Denver, this report identified 1,000 “super travelers,” students willing to travel farther or past more schools to get to their first-choice high school. Super travelers’ first-choice schools had better academic outcomes, fewer disciplinary incidents, and more advanced courses and dual-language programs than schools closer to home. Though most super travelers could have found a closer school with one of these qualities, only 22 percent could find a similar package of benefits nearer to home. The likelihood of being a super traveler varied by race and ethnicity and by socioeconomic status.

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