In the 1960s and 1970s it was common for secondary schools in the United States and elsewhere to differentiate college-bound students from the rest of the student body in all subjects inclusively. This practice, known as “ streaming” in Great Britain, and “ Tracking” in the United States resulted in the near total segregation of high- and low-track students within schools. While this extreme form of tracking became less common in the 1980s and beyond, the more general practice of having a highly differentiated curriculum and of sorting students into high- and low-track classrooms in individual subjects remains a highly salient aspect of secondary schooling.


Teacher Quality Educational Inequality Teacher Efficacy Status Hierarchy Teaching Assignment 
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  • Sean Kelly
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  1. 1.Center for Research on Educational OpportunityNotre Dame46556

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