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* Standards Gaps

Posted By: JUDY MAHOSKEY on September 16, 2006
I take issue with the article's correlation between higher growth rates for students in accelerated classes than in remedial classes. Is it possible that students in the remedial classes progress more slowly, which is why they were placed in remedial classes in the first place? For such a student, even making 9 months of growth in a school year might be significant progress compared to what they've been doing in the past. Also, is the real problem with the standards-based curriculum, or with poor instruction in remedial settings? I think ability grouping in elementary classes is useful, especially when students cover the same content, but use text that is accessible to students at their own reading level. These kids can still participate in higher level thinking, even if they decode text at lower levels.
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