Ability Grouping

Teaching What Teachers Want: 'Looping,' Grouping by Ability, and Digital Devices, Survey Says
Educators for Excellence asked 600 teachers about instruction during the school shutdowns, their perspectives on remote learning, and concerns for next school year.
Sarah Schwartz, May 28, 2020
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African American Girl holding book and reading in an elementary school lesson
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Reading & Literacy Are Classroom Reading Groups the Best Way to Teach Reading? Maybe Not.
Recent studies raise some hard questions about the value of ability-based reading groups.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 26, 2018
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Ability Grouping: Better for Students or Easier for Schools?
I never worked harder in or out of the classroom than I did when preparing and presenting two lessons per class. Yet despite my diligence, ability grouping was ineffective, as reflected in students' actions and words: "You are too bogus Coach G. You know Group A is not that smart and Group B is smart, and you separate us so we look dumb. All of us should be in the same group to help each other out."
David Ginsburg, June 1, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness Career-Tech Linked to Graduation Boost—But Not Tracking
Contrary to public perceptions, students are not being tracked into CTE programs, concludes a study of Arkansas schools.
Catherine Gewertz, April 12, 2016
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Education Opinion Ability Grouping or Mixed Grouping: A Point of Contention?
In a recent blog post, Shirley Clarke wrote about how ability grouping doesn't work, and it raised quite a stir. I would suggest that mixed-ability grouping doesn't either, because many people use it by name alone.
Peter DeWitt, March 6, 2016
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Classroom Technology Opinion Personalized Learning Isn't About Isolation
We must take care that ed-tech resources do not fracture classrooms into "tech-supported cubicles," writes venture capitalist Jennifer Carolan.
Jennifer Carolan, February 23, 2016
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Education Opinion Why Ability Grouping Doesn't Work
With random talk partners as the classroom set-up, students are already involved in mixed-ability learning, which is important because we need to take account of the substantial research which shows that grouping students by ability makes them less successful.
Shirley Clarke, February 15, 2016
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School & District Management Opinion To Change Education, Change the Message
Laurene Powell Jobs' investment in model schools is not enough to alter the education landscape, writes Ron Wolk.
Ronald A. Wolk, January 5, 2016
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Equity & Diversity Classroom Biases Hinder Students' Learning
Subtle, everyday biases in the nation's classrooms pose major obstacles to academic success for low-income students and students of color.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 27, 2015
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Kaianna Kelley, an 8th grader at Harriet G. Eddy Middle School, in Elk Grove, Calif., gets a hug from counselor Sandi Peterson after turning in her application to the school’s honors program. Peterson says she has made it her mission to reach out to underrepresented students for honors and gifted classes.
Kaianna Kelley, an 8th grader at Harriet G. Eddy Middle School, in Elk Grove, Calif., gets a hug from counselor Sandi Peterson after turning in her application to the school’s honors program. Peterson says she has made it her mission to reach out to underrepresented students for honors and gifted classes.
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Assessment Schools Seek to Diversify Gifted, Honors Classes
Gifted and honors classes are often dominated by white students from well-off families, but some districts are removing the barriers that keep out low-income students and students of color.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 27, 2015
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Federal District Uses Federal Aid to Fuel Multi-Tiered Instruction
The federal Investing in Innovation program was among the sources of grant funding for the Iredell-Statesville school system in North Carolina.
Alyson Klein, June 9, 2015
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In this 2014 photo, 6th graders Willyum Oliver and Michael James (from left) discuss a math performance task during class at Whittemore Park Middle School in Conway, S.C.. The software students are using helps teachers at Whittemore Park differentiate instruction.
In this 2014 photo, 6th graders Willyum Oliver and Michael James (from left) discuss a math performance task during class at Whittemore Park Middle School in Conway, S.C.. The software students are using helps teachers at Whittemore Park differentiate instruction.
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School & District Management Explainer Differentiated Instruction: A Primer
In the field of education, definitions vary for differentiated instruction, a popular approach for teaching children with a wide range of academic strengths and interests.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 28, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Plan to Refocus Md. College-Advising Program Raises Concerns
Should a growing college-access program for low-income students in Maryland focus on high achievers or struggling students?
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, January 13, 2015
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Teaching Opinion Differentiation Doesn't Work
Differentiated instruction adds depth and complexity to teaching, but it's all but impossible to implement in today's classrooms, James Delisle writes.
James R. Delisle, January 6, 2015
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