More Teachers Group Students by Ability
Study finds oft-disparaged approach rising
After being condemned as discriminatory in the 1990s, grouping students by academic ability seems to be back in vogue with a new generation of teachers, according to an analysis of federal teacher data.
The study, "The Resurgence of Ability Grouping and Persistence of Tracking," is part of an annual report on education released last week by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Washington-based Brookings Institution.
While different terms for sorting students are often used interchangeably, ability grouping generally refers to the practice—primarily in elementary grades—of separating students for instruction...
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