Ability Grouping in Education: Pros & Cons


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1. The most common type of ability grouping is

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1. One opposing argument of ability grouping is _____.

2. In 2011, _____ percent of schools used ability grouping.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What are the benefits and disadvantages of ability grouping? This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you quickly assess your knowledge of the facts presented on both sides of this controversial practice.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • A common type of ability grouping
  • An argument against ability grouping
  • Most recent statistics reflecting the percentage of schools employing this technique
  • The type of grouping that puts lower achieving students in remedial classes and higher achieving students in advanced classes
  • The grouping type showing the highest student achievement

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 how and why ability grouping is used
  • Information recall: access the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about the different types of ability grouping
  • Distinguishing differences: compare and contrast 'within-class' and 'between-class' grouping
  • Knowledge application: use your knowledge to answer questions about the pros and cons of ability grouping

Additional Learning

To learn more about this educational practice, review the accompanying lesson called Ability Grouping in Education: Pros, Cons & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define ability grouping
  • Discuss the types of ability grouping
  • Examine ability grouping statistics
  • Explore arguments for and against the technique