Our observations, conversations with teachers and students, and our reading of the research literature have convinced us that ability grouping in mathematics is a major impediment to the mathematical learning of students and their beliefs about themselves as mathematical thinkers. Any benefits which accrue from ability grouping are only to very high achievers. For average and low-attaining students, ability grouping has a largely negative effect, cognitively and affectively.
Key Learning AreasMathematics
Subject HeadingsAbility grouping in education