Matchmaking: The Dynamics of High School Tracking Decisions

  title={Matchmaking: The Dynamics of High School Tracking Decisions},
  author={Jeannie Oakes and Gretchen Guiton},
  journal={American Educational Research Journal},
  pages={3 - 33}
  • J. OakesG. Guiton
  • Published 1 March 1995
  • Education
  • American Educational Research Journal
Over the past 20 years, research has expanded educators’ knowledge of the impact of high school tracking on students’ curriculum opportunities and outcomes. Researchers also know that students are unevenly distributed among tracks, with low-income and minority students more likely to be in low ability classes for the non-college-bound. At the same time, they still understand little about how schools actually match particular students to tracked courses. Scholars and educators variously draw on… 

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