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Journal Article: UNDERSTANDING HOW U.S. SECONDARY SCHOOLS SORT STUDENTS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES: ARE ALL STUDENTS BEING SERVED EQUALLY?

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INSTRUCTIONAL systems, EDUCATION, Secondary, EDUCATION -- Curricula, STUDENTS, PHILOSOPHY, American, TRACK system (Education), EDUCATION -- United States, UNITED States

Authors

Mayer, Anysia

Published

2008, Spring2008

Publisher

American Secondary Education

Abstract

This article reviews the current research literature on how secondary schools sort students for instructional purposes. Current sorting practices are based on early American philosophies of schooling where the goal of school was to provide students with different curricula based on preparation for future occupations. The article reviews the research on the educational consequences of tracking as well as the processes school's use to place students in various courses. The article also considers the viability of alternatives to tracking. It concludes with recommendations for ways school personnel can make the process more equitable. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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