Sara Geven (UvA): On track

Sara Geven (UvA): On track: a scientifically-informed ability tracking procedure to enhance equal learning opportunities

Students in the Netherlands are allocated to different educational tracks at the age of twelve based on their teacher’s recommendation. Studies show students from disadvantaged backgrounds receive less ambitious track recommendations. Even within the same school, teachers use different tracking criteria and vary in the interpretation of tracking procedures. This means that a student’s track recommendation really depends on their teacher. For this reason, schools in Amsterdam and the UvA have started an innovative collaboration between science and practice. Working towards an scientifically informed track recommendation procedure that helps to maximize the learning potential of all students.

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