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Ability Grouping in Education provides an overview of ability grouping in education. The authors consider selective schooling and ability grouping within schools, such as streaming, banding setting and within-class grouping.

Does Ability Grouping Raise Attainment?
Does ability grouping raise attainment?

The main argument put forward in favour of selecting and grouping pupils by ability is that ability grouping is effective in raising pupil attainment. In this chapter we provide a review of research on the effects of selective schooling and ability grouping within schools. Our emphasis is on the most recent research carried out in the United Kingdom, although we also draw on earlier and overseas research where appropriate. First we consider research comparing the attainment of pupils in selective and unselective, or comprehensive, school systems. Much of this research compares the performance of pupils in selective and unselective local education authorities. We then consider research on ability grouping within primary and secondary schools in this ...

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