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Tracking in an Era of Standards: Low-Expectation Classes Meet High-Expectation Laws

Publisher: Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 28 (3)
Page Numbers: 699-738

This paper explores resegregation through tracking, examining aspects of tracking that leave it susceptible to legal challenge. Part II places tracking within its larger historical context, as a means for white parents to feel secure about their children's education. Part III offers a review of scholarly literature concerning the characteristics and application of tracking. Part IV presents recent analyses of data from two school districts, investigating the harmful and segregative effects of tracking. Part V considers legal challenges to tracking within the changed national context resulting from the ongoing movement toward standards-based, high-stakes assessment.