Education Report Roundup

Academic Tracking

By Debra Viadero — March 08, 2005 1 min read

An international study suggests that rigid tracking of students into different classes by their academic ability provides little or no payoff for improving a nation’s overall academic achievement.

The report—published online last month by the nonprofit National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass.— is based on cross-national testing data for students in 18 to 26 economically advanced nations, some of which track students early in their school careers and some of which do not.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 09, 2005 edition of Education Week