But the district did provide statistics that show busing was particularly heavy in the 5th Ward, where 80 percent of elementary school students were black in 2001-02.
Busing opponents believe students who walk to school have advantages: They can avoid waiting for buses in the cold and dark during the winter.
If, in fact, we are going to get down to really closing the achievement gap, [the busing is] something that needs to be alleviated," said 5th Ward Alderman Joe Kent, who teaches 3rd grade at Washington Elementary School on Evanston's south side.
The district's research might provide answers, but some district officials aren't ready to link busing and achievement.
While the district wants to find if there any links between busing and achievement, he stressed that the primary goal is attacking the gap.