Students in the same grade learn at different rates. Some students can require as much as two to five times more instruction and practice to master a concept. Many students learn more effectively when the format of instruction is adapted to their learning style. Instructional grouping is a strategy that teachers use in response to these and other needs of their students. Informally grouping and regrouping students in a variety of ways throughout the school day can make a teacher's job easier, can be more engaging for students and has demonstrated improved learning outcomes relative to whole-class instruction.
Track My Progress can serve as one source of data as you form your instructional groups. More specifically, Track My Progress offers a picture of your students’ progress in a given Common Core subject or domain at the time of testing. The colored groupings of students provide a beginning point for forming your groups. But you will also want to consider the learning style, motivation, personality and social dynamics of your students in this process.