tracking

(noun) A system that sorts students by ability or achievement.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: trackings
  • What tracks students are sorted into is often determined by standardized testing.
  • Tracking reifies inequalities by becoming self-fulfilling prophecies.
  • Detracking is the process of eliminating tracking.
  • Also called:
    • ability grouping
    • sorting
    • streaming

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How to Cite the Definition of Tracking

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “tracking.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/tracking/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

tracking. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/tracking/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “tracking.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/tracking/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“tracking.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/tracking/>.