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Tracking

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Mathematics Math Tracking Starts as Early as Elementary School, a New Study Finds
Most principals also report that not all students have the opportunity to take Algebra I, new data show.
Sarah Schwartz, February 7, 2024
6 min read
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Mathematics San Francisco Insisted on Algebra in 9th Grade. Did It Improve Equity?
The policy change improved access to some courses. But racial inequities at the most advanced levels of math remain largely unchanged.
Sarah Schwartz, March 20, 2023
8 min read
Special Report Uprooting Inequities
What does it take for schools to move from embracing the goals of equity to enacting concrete steps that actually change the schooling experience for students who are black, Hispanic, and from low-income families?
March 4, 2020
Tina Lawson, a lawyer whose children attended schools in the Upper Dublin school district in suburban Philadelphia, helped organize a group of black parents to pursue legal action against the district for steering black students into low-level courses and applying uneven discipline rates for students of color.
Tina Lawson, a lawyer whose children attended schools in the Upper Dublin school district in suburban Philadelphia, helped organize a group of black parents to pursue legal action against the district for steering black students into low-level courses and applying uneven discipline rates for students of color.
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Families & the Community Black Parents Force District to End Academic Tracking
Fed up with their district’s unmet pledges to stop steering African American students into low-level classes, parents take action.
Denisa R. Superville, March 3, 2020
11 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion A Quick But Important Test for How Your School Perceives Students
And four strategies for fixing the underlying problems most often laid bare, from Great Schools Partnership’s Craig Kesselheim.
Craig Kesselheim, January 21, 2020
5 min read
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Curriculum A Bold Effort to End Algebra Tracking Shows Promise
But will reductions in course-failure rates be enough to sustain the controversial San Francisco program?
Stephen Sawchuk, June 12, 2018
9 min read
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Education CTQ Collaboratory From Tracking to on Track: How One Teacher Transformed Math Education for His Students
When teachers recognize a problem in the school system, they have a responsibility to advocate for change, writes Nick Tutolo. Here’s how he changed his school’s policy on advanced math classes.
Nick Tutolo, October 18, 2017
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Education Opinion What's So Bad About Tracking?
Students are not being shortchanged by tracking when it is implemented at the appropriate level.
Walt Gardner, April 29, 2016
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Curriculum Letter to the Editor Poverty, Low-Tracking, and the Role of Differentiation
To the Editor:
I am in agreement with Carol Ann Tomlinson's reply to James R. Delisle on differentiated instruction ("Differentiation Doesn't Work," Jan. 7, 2015, and "To the Contrary: Differentiation Does Work," Jan. 28, 2015).
February 24, 2015
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Student Achievement Leader To Learn From High Expectations and Access to Rigor Define a N.Y. Educator's Career
Rockville Centre, N.Y., Superintendent William H. Johnson steadfastly elevates learning standards and opportunities for all students. He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 24, 2015
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Equity & Diversity Letter to the Editor Failed Tracking Practices Led to New Instruction Methods
To the Editor:
I read with interest James R. Delisle's Commentary on the failure of differentiated instruction. I think the need for differentiated instruction came as a result of the failures of tracking.
January 20, 2015
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Education Opinion To Track or Not to Track?
Placing students in honors classes when they don't have the ability to meet the rigors will only frustrate them.
Walt Gardner, January 15, 2014
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Common Core, China, and the Myth of Meritocracy
I think there could be a hidden, perhaps even subconscious agenda with the Common Core. We use the Common Core to create an artificial and arbitrary set of barriers to employment, and declare that anyone who is unable to surmount those barriers is too lazy or stupid to succeed in the modern competitive world.
Anthony Cody, December 30, 2013
3 min read
School Climate & Safety Opinion Momentum Grows Against Zero Tolerance Discipline and High-Stakes Testing
Across the country, resistance is growing against public education's increased dependence on high-stakes standardized testing and on exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests.
Anthony Cody, November 7, 2013
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