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I agree with your closing thought here,"...while socio-economic factors may influence them I think that often it is behavior, and initial academic performance that lead to labeling." How students behave in class (particularly minority boys) and/or how students perform on diagnostic tests or initial assignments may become the sole basis for tracking students into areas of lower expectations. Once in those tracks, it is almost impossible to be re-evaluated and moved back to a higher one.

Sometimes, the "tracking" is not done physically but mentally by teachers or administrators, who pass those judgements on to the next levels.
Thank you for reminding us how wrong those initial impressions can be and why we should be giving every student our professional best.

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