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    #202115 - 09/27/14 09:51 AM Re: designing a new elementary gifted model [Re: Kai]
    indigo Offline
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    Registered: 04/27/13
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    Originally Posted By: Kai
    Originally Posted By: madeinuk
    Instead of a new model, how about a 'retro' model where tracking is implemented, standards are academically rigorous and grades mean something?


    Because that wouldn't be inclusive.
    Tracking had some shortcomings such as presuming a student is at the same relative level in all subjects. A new concept built upon research is Total School Cluster Grouping (TSCG) by Marcia Gentry. This approach has been shown to provide benefits for ALL students.

    Other links discussing flexible cluster grouping by readiness and ability include:
    http://www.casenex.com/casenet/pages/virtualLibrary/gridlock/groupmyths.html,
    http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt/reports/rbdm9204/rbdm9204.pdf

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    #202118 - 09/27/14 10:15 AM Re: designing a new elementary gifted model [Re: sbclendenen]
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    Quote:

    Tracking had some shortcomings such as presuming a student is at the same relative level in all subjects.


    Not if it's done by subject.
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    #202123 - 09/27/14 10:40 AM Re: designing a new elementary gifted model [Re: madeinuk]
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    Quote:
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    Tracking had some shortcomings such as presuming a student is at the same relative level in all subjects.


    Not if it's done by subject.
    Agreed. Student placement by subject allows flexibility so that a student need not be at the same relative level in all subjects. That said, student placement by subject is often referred to as "ability grouping", rather than "tracking". Having important distinctions in application or practice, it has its own name. Definitions may vary. Despite utilizing different terminology, the ideas being suggested for a new elementary gifted program seem to be in agreement.

    Overarching point being that whereas some considered being on a "track" an all-or-nothing experience, there are more flexible, responsive placement strategies which research has shown to have the potential to provide benefits for ALL students. The research and book on the Total School Cluster Grouping (TSCG) model offer several interesting thoughts.

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    #202128 - 09/27/14 11:04 AM Re: designing a new elementary gifted model [Re: indigo]
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    Originally Posted By: indigo
    That said, student placement by subject is often referred to as "ability grouping", rather than "tracking".
    I would say "ability grouping", "tracking", "streaming" are exact synonyms.

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    #202130 - 09/27/14 11:15 AM Re: designing a new elementary gifted model [Re: 22B]
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    An individual's personal understanding and use of terminology is, of course, their own decision.

    For those wishing to probe and understand the various degrees in flexibility afforded by various student placement strategies, information is available on distinctions in policy and in practice.

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