On May 5, 2016 the American Institutes for Research hosted a presentation and discussion focusing on two of the most common types of formal curricular differentiation in secondary schooling: course-by-course tracking and academic and vocational streaming. Both forms of curricular differentiation have been criticized for segregating students by socioeconomic status (SES) and directing low-SES students into lower-status educational trajectories. Using data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), this presentation reviewed findings from this emerging literature with a focus on comparing different types of curricular differentiation by the extent of SES segregation between tracks, student achievement, academic self-concept, educational aspirations, and resulting levels of social inequality in educational attainment.
Presenter: Anna Katyn Chmielewski, Assistant Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Discussant: Peter Cookson, Principal Researcher, AIR
Moderator: Sarah Guile, Test Development Associate, AIR
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