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Total School Cluster Grouping

Total School Cluster Grouping is a research-based process for assigning students to classrooms in a way that facilitates effective instruction and increases student achievement for all students. The increased achievement results from two main factors: (1) the reduction in the range of student need in a single classroom and (2) targeted professional development for staff in research-based instructional strategies.

Benefits of Total School Cluster Grouping (research base in parentheses)

Is proven to help all students increase their academic achievement (Gentry, 1999, Gentry and Owen 1999)

Helps teachers more effectively and efficiently meet the diverse needs of their students (Coleman, 1995; Gentry, 1999; Delocourt & Evans, 1994, Rogers, 1993)

Improves representation of traditionally underserved students identified over time as above average and high achieving (Gentry, 1999; Gentry, 2011; Gentry 2012; Bruelles et all 2012)

Provides full time services to high achieving and high ability students (Gentry & Owen 1999; Hoover et al 1991; LaRose 1986)

How Total School Cluster Grouping Works

Important note: Achievement banding done within Total School Cluster Grouping is done for the purpose of class assignments only.  Once class assignments are made, the achievement band does not stay with the student, as the school now has the responsibility of educating each child based on his or her individual needs.