Hello, I am teaching at an international school where every student is an English Language Learner. We currently have one class per grade level, but our school is growing fast and next year the plan is to have two classes per elementary grade level. The school is seriously considering assigning students to one of the two classes based solely on their WIDA scores. I am personally against this because of the following reasons: 1. Advanced students can help lower level students learn. 2. Students will quickly identify which classes are the "smart" ones and which ones are the "dumb" ones. 3. Expectations of the teacher will vary based on what class they get i.e. I have the slow class, so we can't expect much from them. I think the school is going this route because this year, we accepted all students who applied and placed them in classrooms, regardless of ability and time. Our school year ends in three weeks and I got a new student two weeks ago. So, parents complained because they believe that these students are slowing down the progress of their own children. I believe classes should be assigned either randomly or alphabetically. However, I am posting this here to 1. get your opinion and 2. if you agree with me, to hopefully give me some ideas on how to change the mind of the school. Thank you in advance.