Burris, Carol Corbett, & Welner, Kevin
Closing the Achievement Gap by Detracking
Rockville Centre NY High School; University of Colorado, Boulder
What if detracking happened? Describe how a diverse suburban district in NY narrowed the gap by offering its high-curriculum to all students.
Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation:
Phi Delta Kappan
- By dismantling tracking and providing the high-track curriculum to all, we can succeed in closing the achievement gap on important measures of learning.
- Membership in a cohort subsequent to the detracking of middle school math was a significant contribution to earning a Regents diploma.
- Achievement follows from opportunities- opportunities that tracking denies. When all students were taught the high- track curriculum, achievement rose for all groups of students- majority, minority, special education , low SES.
- Closing the "curriculum gap" is an effective way to close the "achievement gap".
Journal Article Empirical Research
Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Curriculum, Detracking, Heterogeneous Grouping, Math, Science, Social Studies, Tracking
Secondary Survey Data
Method of Analysis:
Rockville Centre School District
Unit of Analysis:
- Regents examinations, including 2 in math, 2 in laboratory sciences, two in social studies, one in English language arts and one in foreign language for years 1995-2003.
- Students who were members of the 1996 and 1997 cohorts were compared with members of the 1998-2000 cohorts.
- DV: probability of earning a Regents diploma before and after.
- IV: detracking, socioeconomic, special education variables, membership to detracked cohort.