From another post:
Tracking and cluster group discussion participants, I have a question based on my own limited experience with a recent middle schooler (now in high school). I remember the groupings came about in middle grades when intervention time was rolled out to improve literacy. Are cluster groups operating across more subject areas and beyond what I am familiar with at the middle grade level? That would give a lot of parents of special education students something to investigate.
November 6, 2010 3:17 PM
It would be nice if the school district would promptly answer this type of request for information.
Can someone try emailing to the parent hotline firstname.lastname@example.org?
November 6, 2010 3:57 PM
Regarding "CLUSTER GROUPING" - As reported previously on this blog, “The Total School Cluster Grouping Model” (TSCG) was presented to the Board at the 9/27/10 Education Meeting by Cate Reed and Allison McCarthy.
The stated reason for the presentation was “*Board Authorization Sought”
The “Cluster Grouping” model was compared to the “Traditional Model”
Following are QUOTATIONS taken directly from the “GIFTED and TALENTED PILOT UPDATE” power point presentation:
“Whole school approach to student placement”
“Students are “cluster grouped” by achievement level”
“The majority of students remained in the same Achievement Category”
“Minimizes the range of abilities in each class so teachers are better able to differentiate, but does not result in one achievement group per class.”
“Allows more students to shine among their peers.”
PILOT SCHOOLS listed were Colfax ALA, Northview ALA, Fort Pitt ALA, Dilworth K-5, Grandview K-5
P.S. This should be another BLOG and this MODEL should be fodder for the "tracking" and "ability grouping" debate
November 6, 2010 6:03 PM
Since the Achievement Gap between Black and White students at two of the"CLUSTER GROUPING" PILOT schools are as follows, it takes us back the Red Bird and Blue Birds “ability groupings” within every classroom.
Achievement Gap at Colfax in Reading is 41% and at Grandview the GAP is 27%: thus, the racial segregation in these classroom would be egregiously obvious to ALL.
What happened to the POLICY against this type of "ability grouping"?
Please read Jeanne Oakes on Tracking: How Schools Structure inequality”
November 6, 2010 6:40 PM