Legal aspects of ability grouping, tracking, and classification

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Charles P. Bentley (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Joseph E. Bryson

Abstract: While some school officials have concluded that ability grouping causes mere problems than it selves and thus have abandoned such practices within the schools, many school systems continue to utilize various forms of ability or achievement grouping. Even in those schools where ability grouping is not practiced, various forms of student classification and sorting are employed throughout the school day. The purpose of this study is to provide school officials with a comprehensive set of data concerning both the educational and the legal issues associated with ability grouping, tracking, and classification practices in order that they can make decisions concerning these practices which are educationally and legally sound. Even though the major educational questions concerning ability grouping are reviewed in this study, it is not intended that this study reach any conclusions regarding the educational advantages or disadvantages of such practices; rather, the purpose is to identify those educational issues associated with ability grouping and tracking which might become litigious in the future.

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Language: English
Date: 1978
Ability grouping in education
Educational law and legislation
Track system (Education)

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