Single-sex Education Task Force

American Association of University Women (AAUW)  See AAUW’s Position on Single-Sex Education

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Women’s Rights Project (WRP) See Women’s Rights Project  Education-Information web page on ACLU cases against sex-segregated schools and scroll down for many free resources

Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) Education Equity Program See: FMF’s Sex Segregation web page,  for information on the campaign to rescind the 2006 changes to the Title IX Regulation and the Chapter onGender Equity in Coeducational and Single Sex Educational Environments in the Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education, 2nd Edition, 2007.

National Organization for Women (NOW)  See  NOW’s Women’s Educational Equity & Title IX web page  and its information on single-sex education

National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)  or See: NWLC’s Single-Sex Education web page

Background on Single-sex Education

The 1975 Title IX regulations allowed some single-sex classes and programs for specific purposes such as contact sports, instruction in human sexuality, and for affirmative action purposes, to remedy the effects of sex discrimination. Changes to the Title IX regulations issued by the Department of Education in 2006 allow K-12 non-vocational single-sex programs for many more purposes and do not have adequate safeguards to ensure that sex-segregated schools, classes or activities will not increase sex discrimination or rely on harmful stereotypes about the differences between girls and boys.

Educators must understand the dangers of single-sex programs, and should ensure they are not discriminating against their students on the basis of sex. Single-sex education can reinforce problematic gender stereotypes, increase discrimination, and restrict the educational opportunities open to both boys and girls. Where programs are established separately for boys and girls, they tend to be distinctly unequal, often with fewer resources allocated for girls’ programs and curricula and teaching methods limited by stereotypes about the different talents, capacities, or preferences of males and females.

For more details on the Single-Sex Education Task Force’s concerns about sex discriminatory education, see the Single-Sex Education Chapter and Recommendations in the NCWGE 2008 report entitled Title IX at 35: Beyond the Headlines.

The threat of dangerous sex segregation in public education is real. As of September 2008, South Carolina provided a list of nearly 200 public schools with single-sex classes that were being justified on the basis of school choice and the misconception that boys and girls learn differently and thus need to be taught differently in single-sex classes. Many other states, too, have allowed or are considering single-sex education "experiments" and some such as Florida, Michigan, and Wisconsin have weakened their own state civil rights protections to do so.

Relevant Laws
Task Force Members


Affiliate Statements and Resources
2008 Single-sex Education Chapter of NCWGE Report Title IX at 35: Beyond the Headlines
2008 Summary of November 8, 2008 NCWGE Single-Sex Education Task Force Panel (pdf) on "Capitalizing on the Expertise of Researchers and Policy Makers to Counteract Sex Segregation in Education" at American Educational Research Association, Special Interest Group: Research on Women and Education Conference, Arlington, VA.
2006 NCWGE calls on schools to reject unlawful single-sex programs

"On October 24, 2006, the Department of Education announced new Title IX regulations that dangerously expand authorization for schools to offer single-sex programs for their students. While single-sex programs can be beneficial and lawful in appropriate circumstances, the new regulations abandon long-standing legal safeguards that are designed to ensure that these programs will not result in sex stereotyping or discrimination. As a result, the new regulations authorize single-sex programs that will ill serve both male and female students and that could result in legal liability for the schools that offer them...."

2004 NCWGE letter
Affiliate Statements:

Comments of affiliate organizations to Dept. of Education Office of Civil Rights on the Proposed Regulations Changes to Title IX Regarding Single-Sex Education (5/4/04 - 6/17/04):
2002 NCWGE comments to Department of Education
Opposition to May 8 Notice of Intent to Rule (NOIR) on amending the regulations of the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Fact sheet — Oppose the Hutchison Amendment: Single-Sex Education Must be Equal
"Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R-TX) single-sex education amendment would allow local education agencies to establish single-sex classes and schools as long as “comparable” programs are provided for both sexes. Such programs would not comply with current antidiscrimination law...."