What are your opinions on tracking students into different levels? I teach 6th grade and my school tracks kids into 3 levels based on their 5th grade standardized test scores. There is a huge difference between the kids in each of the levels, not just in terms of their academics, but in terms of their behavior. One of the tracks is called "Pre-AP" and it's confusing to me that kids can be tracked into AP classes at age 11! I'm honestly not fan of this but it is nice to be able to teach kids at their level. I know there is a ton of research about tracking being negative for kids. However, I have 34 kids in a class and it is really hard to differentiate with so many kids. I am probably not going to be able to differentiate much, if at all, my first year...unless our math coach comes to co-teach with me. So that might be one of the positives of tracking because there hopefully will not be kids that are too far apart in terms of their needs. I graded pre-tests and most of my kids struggle with a lot of the basics...except for about four kids. So I know that reviewing these skills will benefit the majority of my class, but this might not be the case if I had a hetorogenous group.