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November 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Readers were eager to respond to our first Question of the Week, which asked whether tracking is helpful or harmful to students. The question was directly related to our Oct. 27 story about the turnaround at White Center Heights Elementary.
Many respondents shared anecdotes from their or their children’s own experiences in the classroom.
Sheila Noonan of Seattle writes: “My son started first grade with out real reading skills. He started the year in the lowest reading group and by the end of the year he was in the most advanced reading group. The groups met at the same time in the regular classroom—no pulling out of class, no announcing which group was which—just ‘Here join this group today.’ … My son was in the fourth grade before I knew that there were different math groups as well as different reading groups!”
October 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Anne Reece, principal of White Center Heights Elementary in the Highline School District, has overseen a striking and rapid increase in test scores at the high-poverty school. Her approach to group-based learning was the subject of an Oct. 27 feature story by reporter Claudia Rowe.
Reece and Rowe participated in a live chat with readers on Oct. 30. If you weren’t able to join in, be sure to watch the replay above. Got ideas for a future live chat, or other feedback? Email email@example.com
October 29, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Sunday’s front-page story about the turnaround at one south-end elementary school is continuing to resonate with readers. Here is a sampling of some of the responses we’ve received in the comments section and on social media:
October 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM
October 27, 2013 at 4:00 AM
Joplin Plan shows promise for grouping students
Reading classes that separate students by ability, not grade level, allow for tailored instruction without stigmatizing students, writes Robert Slavin of the Center for Research and Reform in Education.See comments (3)
Let's challenge all students instead of tracking by ability
Rationing our most demanding curricula is not the way to shrink our country's achievement gap, argues National Education Policy Center Director Kevin Welner.See comments (10)
Is blended learning the solution?
Drawing on her daughter's own experiences with tracking in Seattle Public Schools, Alison Krupnick of ParentMap writes about how a combination of in-person and online instruction could enable students to rotate more fluidly through different groups.See comments (0)
October 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Education Lab is a blog for teachers, parents, students and community members to talk about how our schools can better serve the region’s students. Each week, we will provide a question to get the conversation going. This week’s prompt centers on the topic of ability grouping.
About the authors
Katherine Long has been a reporter for The Seattle Times since 1990, focusing for the past three years on higher ed, with stories that have ranged from the complexities of prepaid tuition programs to nontraditional ways to earn a degree.
Claudia Rowe joined The Seattle Times’ reporting staff in 2013. She has written about education for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among other publications.
Mike Siegel has been a news photographer at the Seattle Times since 1987. His photography was used in a series titled "Methadone and the Politics of Pain," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for investigative reporting.
Janet Horne Henderson is The Times’ education editor. She has directed award-winning stories and projects examining race, immigration, religion and health, in addition to education
Caitlin Moran is community engagement editor for Education Lab. Her role is to help foster constructive dialogue online and in person
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