What do you think of grouping students by ability in schools?

Friday, June 14, 2013

In the article “Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor in Classroom,” Vivian Yee writes about the resurgence of ability grouping in schools.

It was once common for elementary-school teachers to arrange their classrooms by ability, placing the highest-achieving students in one cluster, the lowest in another. But ability grouping and its close cousin, tracking, in which children take different classes based on their proficiency levels, fell out of favor in the late 1980s and the 1990s as critics charged that they perpetuated inequality by trapping poor and minority students in low-level groups.

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