Oct 26, 2016 11:23 AM

Principals discuss 'leveling' at Manchester middle schools

MANCHESTER — Middle schools across the city are participating in "leveling" - where students are separated into different classrooms based on past performance.

Principals from Manchester's four middle schools discussed leveling at a school board meeting Tuesday, the Union Leader reported.

Parents of McLaughlin Middle School students had shown concern that the school was no longer following this practice.

However, McLaughlin Principal Bill Krantz said that they are using what he termed "flexible grouping." This system uses levels that mix students at the lower levels of the high groupings with middle-level students, and students at the lower end of the middle-ranking with the lower-level groupings.

The school board voted six years ago to introduce leveling to middle schools in an effort to give high-achieving students more opportunities to excel.

Leveling has proven to be controversial with national level groups, labeling the practice as discriminatory and obsolete.

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