Streaming students in school is a long-standing practice, but is it effective?

Studyinternational | February 19, 2019

Streaming (or ‘tracking’, as it is also known) students in schools involves separating students into classes based on their intellectual or academic ability.Depending on the school’s practice, students typically stay in that class for a year and may change classes the following year based on their year-end assessments.However, despite its popularity, this practice remains hotly debated in some circles.Advocates claim it helps students learn with others of similar abilities so learning can be done at the same pace; this purportedly prevents weaker students from losing confidence and motivation if they are slower than their peers to grasp new concepts.Meanwhile, streaming allows teachers to apply the same pace of teaching with everyone within the classroom without fear of leaving anyone behind. This promotes healthy competition and encourages students to work harder to remain in the top class, or to work their way upwards if they are in a lower class.Conversely, critics assert that this practice benefits teachers more than they do students as it makes classroom management easier for educators rather than focusing on helping pupils with their education. Students also risk being labelled as “smart” or “dumb”, depending on the class they’ve been streamed into, and this label may stick with them long into the future and affect their confidence.

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