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A Glimpse Into the Practices and Expectations of the Middle-Track Classroom

Sat, April 18, 2:45 to 4:15pm, Hyatt, Floor: East Tower - Purple Level, Riverside West


Though much literature exists about the perceived expectations and experiences of low and high-track classrooms, little is known about what is arguably the largest group of students in public schools - the middle-track students. This proposed paper studies the daily experiences and expectations of students placed into middle-track high school English classes. Through a series of interviews and observations, the classroom environments and academic expectations are explored and placed into the context of the overall tracking discussion. Social justice education demands high-quality education for all students, and this study provides information about what students placed in the middle-tracks are actually experiencing in the classroom.