Ability Grouping and Tracking in Schools: Advantages and Disadvantages


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Between-class ability grouping is also known as:

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1. After observing her lesson, Ms. Jones' principal encouraged her to use some within-class ability grouping. What might the principal expect to witness in future observations?

2. Administrators at Woodrow Wilson Middle School use tracking with their students. Based on this, what would you expect to find when touring their school?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo gauge your understanding of the practices of ability grouping and tracking and the pros and cons of each of these techniques. You will be quizzed mainly on definitions and examples given in the lesson.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Another name for between-class ability grouping
  • The definition of within-class ability grouping
  • The definition of tracking
  • Advantages and disadvantages of tracking

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension: ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about the ways in which ability grouping and tracking are used
  • Distinguishing differences: compare and contrast ability grouping and tracking
  • Knowledge application: use your knowledge to answer questions about the advantages and disadvantages of tracking

Additional Learning

To learn more about these controversial techniques, review the accompanying lesson called Ability Grouping and Tracking in Schools: Advantages and Disadvantages. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define ability grouping and tracking
  • Discuss subjects used for ability grouping
  • Examine examples of tracking
  • Determine the pros and cons of tracking