Another article, again from Smart Brief, lauds the advantages of ability grouping. Huh? I do recall the hey day of ability grouping last time around. I worked in a school that assigned kids to classes based on "levels." I think it was the 80s then. Now 3 decades later, we are back to grouping kids. An article in ASCD concluded in 1992: "I conclude that grouping and tracking rarely add to overall achievement in a school, but they often contribute to inequality. This finding is most consistent for high school tracking, but it is not uncommon in other forms and at other levels. Typically, it means that high-track students are gaining and low-track students are falling farther behind. But the effects of ability grouping are not the same in every context, and we need to discover how they come about in order to improve productivity and reduce inequality."
So, why does it seem there is a back to the future mentality? And why are professional publications hyping these strategies?