ERIC Number: ED348752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
How To Untrack Your School.
Educators increasingly agree that creating more inclusive schools by eliminating rigid ability grouping is important to improving education; this task will take years of study, persuasion, and staff development. This booklet is designed to assist school leaders desiring to study the issue, persuade others of its correctness, and create learning experiences that ease the transition to more inclusive schools. Four chapters define the tasks involved in moving away from ability grouping. First, educators must envision the inclusive school and share this vision with staff members, board members, and patrons. The vision emerges from studying ability grouping problems involved in determining student placement, locking students in or out; denying the importance of effort; undermining self-esteem; questioning achievement goals; isolating groups negatively; destroying sense of community; creating inequities; and skirting illegalities. Third, educators must develop viable, acceptable alternatives, such as fair ability grouping, partial untracking, Joplin plans (the practice of grouping students for specific skills across grade levels), teacher autonomy, before- and after-school programs, split-level grouping, and other approaches. Finally, educators must prepare a long-term plan, secure widespread involvement, conduct a local self-study, disseminate information, and plan appropriate staff development. The booklet concludes with a list of 48 references, 26 contact persons, and 16 organizations. (MLH)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Mission, Nontraditional Education, Track System (Education)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1403 (Stock No. 611-92135; $6.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.