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With so many schools focusing on test scores some have adopted an educational tracking system Tracking is a controversial method of teaching in schools around America Tracking is lumping students with other students in the same classes based on their test scores or IQ score Some educators love the idea of tracking but other educators find the idea of tracking appalling Those educators that find the idea of tracking appalling say it is a form of discrimination against every student They especially find it being a form of discrimination against the poor or minorities and the mentally handicapped The problem with Tracking is its based on test scores it contributes to a broad curriculum and it limits a students educationThe first way to look at tracking is through test scores The problem with tracking is that there was only slight improvement with math and reading test scores Futrell and Gomez According to scores from 11 urban school districts between 2005 and 2007 only 2 out of 11 improved in reading from 4th grade students Futrell and Gomez Along with that only 4 out of 11 school districts improved in reading from 8th grade students Futrell and Gomez In Math 4 out of 11 school districts improved in math schools from 4th grade students Futrell and Gomez 6 out of 11 school districts improved in math from 8th grade students Futrell and Gomez The problem that critics could see with these test scores is the lack of a large testing group They could criticize the lack of school districts that participated in these studies Along with that they might wonder if these scores were from a low-income school district or a high-income school district The last thing critics could say is there was improvement in test scores especially in math scores In that area 4 out of 11 school districts improved in math test scores taken from 4th grade students Along with those test scores
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