Falling Off the Track: How Ability Tracking Leads to Intra-School Segregation

It is often assumed in our modern society that racism is an issue of the past that has long since been abandoned.  That is, however, not the case.  Racism is still a prominent feature in our society; both in the form of blatant, boldly expressed racism, and covert, sometimes unrecognizable, ingrained racism.  Racism is deeply ingrained in this country’s public education system.  Racism lives in public education through the practice of “ability tracking.”  Ability tracking directly leads to intra-school segregation, which is a violation of every child’s right to a fair and equal education.  This article investigates the practice of racism in the public school system by way of intra-school segregation.