ERIC Number: ED375474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Alternatives To Tracking and Ability Grouping.
A number of respected school systems are now seeking alternatives to tracking and ability grouping, alternatives that will ensure a better education for all students whatever their abilities. This handbook introduces practitioners to educators around the United States who are developing alternatives to harmful grouping practices. After a brief review of the roots of sorting practices and their impact on teaching and learning, the book describes features of classrooms and schools that have begun to use heterogeneous groupings and other innovative strategies. These features include high expectations for all, agreed-upon outcomes, coaching to help all students, innovative learning strategies for all, structures that support inclusive learning, and counseling for all students for success. The steps that schools may take to replace traditional grouping practices include developing school-based leadership and parental support, providing professional development, and support, creating districtwide commitment, planning for change, phasing in change, and developing supporting policies. In conclusion, schools that have started the untracking process have seen student achievement and self-esteem rise. Sufficient training and resources for teachers and staff is crucial for making for process work. Contains a glossary and nine references. (LMI)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Heterogeneous Grouping, Student Placement, Track System (Education)
American Association of School Administrators, 1801 N. Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209-9988 (AASA Stock No. 21-00447; $7.95 plus $3.50 shipping and handling, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.