Moving Beyond Equal Access: Detracking a High School’s Mathematics Program
Lolita A. Tabron 1 , Richard Kitchen 2 * , Brianna Mestas 3
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1 Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Denver, USA2 School of Teacher Education, University of Wyoming, USA3 Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences, University of Denver, USA* Corresponding Author


Students of color in the United States have historically been denied access to a college-preparatory mathematics education largely due to tracking policies and practices. To address this historical injustice, a partnership was developed between a highly diverse high school and higher education to initiate a collaborative process to detrack the mathematics program at the school. We report the results from empathy interviews conducted with the “Franklin High” administrative team and mathematics teachers. The four primary themes that emerged from the interviews concerned the school’s student diversity, the focus on preparing students to enter the IB course sequence, how detracking must go beyond simply providing equal access, and the importance of the Franklin High staff having an equity-oriented growth mindset. These findings accentuate how successful detracking efforts require stakeholders to have an historical understanding of the racist policies and practices that have led to segregated schools and tracked classrooms.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2021, Volume 17, Issue 9, Article No: em2000

Publication date: 08 Aug 2021

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