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ERIC Number: EJ1006515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1097-9638
Ability Grouping in Catholic and Public Schools
Ellison, Brandy J.; Hallinan, Maureen T.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v8 n1 p107-129 Sep 2004
Researchers have found that students who attend Catholic high schools tend to outperform public high school students on standardized tests of achievement. Although many aspects of this finding have been examined in subsequent research, little attention has been paid to the issue of how ability grouping affects achievement across school sectors. A nearly universal practice in middle and secondary schools, ability grouping works to channel learning opportunities to students. The authors trace the history of ability grouping and review the findings regarding ability group effects, the assignment process, and mobility across groups in each school sector. Their analyses suggest that the way ability grouping is implemented in Catholic schools contributes to the Catholic school advantage in achievement. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A