I was at a meeting last week where some teachers from a very low SES school talked about their reading program. They give a placement test then divide up the school's students by their scores. Students might go to different rooms for reading, writing and math. It blew my mind. Our school avoids anything like this. We use thematic teaching for literacy so the reading/writing lessons are linked. Our test scores are usually in the top 20% of district schools. Our principal keeps peppering us with articles supporting whole-class teaching. I wondered what other teachers are doing and how they feel about ability grouping.