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ERIC Number: ED159511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Selection Practices in American High Schools.
Rosenbaum, James E.
This paper studies two kinds of selection practices in schools, curriculum tracking and class ranking. Using multiple regression analyses of the National Longitudinal Survey (NLS), this paper finds that tracking and class ranks have important effects on whether students can attend college. However, it also finds that many students misperceive their tracks and they do not adequately take account of their track placements and class ranks in formulating their college plans. Consequently, many students' college expectations--even in senior year--are unrealistic and go unfulfilled after graduation. These findings clearly indicate the need for schools to inform students better about these selection practices and their implications for students' future educational attainments. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Admission Criteria, Class Average, Class Rank, College Bound Students, Competitive Selection, Continuous Progress Plan, Grades (Scholastic), Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Guidance Objectives, High School Seniors, Research Projects, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Placement
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Longitudinal Study High School Class 1972
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, March, 1978)