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For round two, my opponent and I will be arguing whether schools should pass students on by age through grade levels or by academic ability. I am arguing that students should be passed on through grade levels by academic ability. When students are passed on through grades by age, children may not have necessarily accurately reached or achieved everything they should have a full knowledge of by the time they are just being passed along. Though if grade levels were run based on academic ability, there are higher chances of children being more intelligent. Children would have more time to achieve better understanding on different life choices, because they were not just passed along. "Every single student is getting an individualized education," said Hodgkins Principal Sarah Gould, who helped usher in the reform at her school two years ago. "We are giving our kids exactly what they need when they need it." (Gould). At Hodgkins Elementary in Westminster, Colorado the grade levels are based on academic level rather than age. They found this move to be highly successful. Each student has different higher abilities in different areas than others. With this movement, basing students on academic ability, students get to work slower and learn better through which level they are at with the specific subject. Other school districts have looked into this, but it rarely comes into action. Schools do want their students to graduate and move on in their lives, but they are not focusing on their actual education taking place, they are too focused on getting the students to just pass. "The time is right for a system that focuses on individual students and lets them progress at their own pace," said education researcher Robert Marzano, who is helping the district develop standards-based learning, a system that was first introduced in the 1960s. "The conversation around the country is about that like it's never been before." (Marzano). If more schools started taking this into action, it would be a very successful movement. The world would actually be a much more intelligent society, if each student was getting a more individual education.
Feyerick, Deb, and Dana Garrett. "School Teaches by Ability, Not Grade Level." CNN. Cable News Network, 15 May 2011. Web. 21 Oct. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com...