Standards-based learning groups students by ability

05/15/2011 | CNN

A Colorado district uses standards-based learning, which replaces grade levels with courses that group students by ability. Teachers say students are not frustrated or bored since lessons are on par with their abilities, and it is up to students to signal when they are ready to advance. Experts say standards-based learning takes commitment and leadership, and about half of the schools that adopt it eventually abandon it.

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