My book: Mathematical Mindsets details ways to teach mixed achievement groups successfully.
This is an area of education where the practice that happens in schools is far from the research evidence that exists.
International analysts conclude that the most successful countries are those that group by ability the latest and the least.
Increases pace: Ability grouping helps in placing similar students in one classroom or group.
Thus, it helps in increasing the pace of advancement of the study skills of the students at higher levels of ability.
However, if state accountability systems do not use assessments that measure growth for students already beyond grade proficiency whether such students learn anything will not be recorded.
Unnecessarily wasting opportunities to help gifted students learn new material at a pace matching their ability, will mean continuing frustration for their teachers and other educators.
However, in the case of a homogeneous classroom, teachers can concentrate on teaching the students at the pace of that particular group, thus enhancing their learning process and helping them to pick up the lessons faster than otherwise. Boosts confidence: In a heterogeneous classroom, the weaker students sometimes have self-concept issues due to the presence of more intelligent students who grab the upper ranks in class.
But in the case of a homogeneous classroom, the other students are at about the same level.
Thus, during a discussion about ability grouping, it is important that consider all the pros and cons.
Advantages of Ability Grouping Proponents of ability grouping use the following arguments in support of their stance - 1.