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ERIC Number: EJ705361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Detracking with Vigilance: By Opening the High-Level Doors to All, Rockville Centre Closes the Gap in Achievement and Diplomas
Garrity, Delia
School Administrator, v61 n7 p24 Aug 2004
Can a diverse suburban high school on Long Island eliminate academic tracks and still produce high-achieving students? The answer in Rockville Centre, New York, is decidedly yes. Statistics tell part of the story: 60 percent of the senior class at South Side High School is enrolled in Advanced Placement calculus, including 40 percent of the school's minority student population. Gains in mathematics are only part of the story. Through detracking in all subject areas students have substantially narrowed the Regents diploma gap for minority, low socioeconomic status and special education students and elevated performance of all students on state, International Baccalaureate and AP exams. Perhaps most dramatically, minority students in Rockville Centre in 2003 surpassed the percentage of white and Asian students in New York State earning a Regents diploma, the most rigorous of three diplomas offered in the state, requiring students to pass eight state Regents exams: English, global history, American history, foreign language, two math exams and two science exams. Data have led them to firmly believe that ensuring equity in the classroom not only leads to excellence for previously underperforming students but also benefits those students who had been performing at high levels.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York