Fordham report on tracking provides surprise results
The Fordham Foundation has once again provided a provocative report, this time on tracking in Massachusetts middle schools.
Tom Loveless, the researcher, looked at achievement in the middle schools and found that the schools that had more tracking had a higher percentage of high-level math students. But the tracks just aren't good the high achievers. The lower achievers also did better.
In other words, the more tracks a school had, the fewer failling students it had.
And he found that tracking is more commonplace in suburban school districts with parents that demand that high-achieving kids be able to get ahead into high-level classes, particularly in math.
When we look around the Baltimore area, it is interesting to note that the only school system that doesn't track is Baltimore City. And yes, it has fewer students in high-level classes, even in its citywide schools, than many suburban schools.
Hmmm. Is there a connection here?