Definition of Tracking
(noun) A system that sorts students into classes by perceived ability or their achievements.
- American English – /trAk-ing/
- British English – /trAk-ing/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈtrækɪŋ/
- British English – /ˈtrækɪŋ/
- 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
- Word origin of “track” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- anticipatory socialization
- formal education
- grade inflation
- hidden curriculum
- informal education
- No Child Left Behind Act
- youth culture
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Cite the Definition of Tracking
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “tracking.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 29, 2023 (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 May 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/tracking/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“tracking.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 May. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/tracking/>.