Indicator 2

The school is equitable, inclusive, and fosters heterogeneity where every student over the course of the high school experience is enrolled in a minimum of one heterogeneously grouped core course (English/language arts, social studies, math, science, or world languages).

What to Look for:

  • in accordance with current educational research, efforts to group students more heterogeneously and to eliminate tracking of students are evident
  • student transcripts will include information related to the number of ht=heterogeneously grouped courses each student has taken over the course of the high school experience in core academic courses (English Language Arts, social studies, math, science, world languages)
  • a school’s Program of Studies will identify which courses are heterogeneously grouped
  • student grouping patterns ensure that all students, regardless of ability level, have challenging learning experiences which enable them to achieve the school’s learning expectations
  • committees which are responsible for making decisions related to future grouping practices use current research and practice in making those decisions
  • inclusion models and other special education strategies have been investigated to ensure that all students, including those with learning disabilities, have equal access to the same curriculum and are assisted in achieving school-wide expectations
  • there is diversity of enrollment in all courses so that students considered to be part of a minority population are not homogeneously grouped