Tracking and inequality: The results from Turkey

Bölükbaş S., GÜR B. S.

International Journal of Educational Development, vol.78, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 78
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2020.102262
  • Title of Journal : International Journal of Educational Development


© 2020 Elsevier LtdThis qualitative study aims to analyse the effects of the practice of tracking as the means of placing students in secondary schools on educational inequality in Turkey in light of a set of qualitative data collected through in-depth interviews. Findings indicate that the tracking of all students into different high schools based on their scores on the national high school entrance examination since 2014 poses new obstacles for the academic success of low-achieving poor children due to various unintended consequences posed by the school environments. The study has implications for other educational systems that track students based on exam scores.