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Posted By: Jill Slisz on December 7, 2002
I have experienced success with tracking 7th grade math students for the past year and a half. I have approximately 165 students. Last year I grouped them into 2 low groups, 3 middle groups, and 1 high group. Both the high and low groups made large gains on the NWEA test given in the Fall and the Spring. I had only one student show negative growth.

This fall I grouped my students into 1 low, 4 medium, and 1 high at the end of the first grading period. I adjust instruction for the three levels. I have been able to see a dramatic change in their behaviors. No longer do the low students reply "I don't know" and their rate of completing homework has increased. Behavior problems have decreased across the board. On the down side, two girls in the advanced class are feeling overwhelmed. I wonder what it will do to their self-esteem to be moved back?
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