California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Access to differentiated instruction

Students learn in different ways and at different rates. As a result, differentiated instruction is essential to help all students achieve.

According to a 2006 study by the National Center for Educational Accountability:

‘Differentiation, not remediation’ is a statement we heard continually when querying our high-performing schools about [their instructional programs, practices, and arrangements.] Using flexible grouping with an intense focus on individual learners, educators in New York told us they had shifted from placing students in appropriate programs to providing appropriate [differentiated] instruction within every classroom.1

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Footnote
1 Just for the Kids Study of Best Practices in Schools Across 20 States (Outside Source). Austin, Tex.: The National Center for Educational Accountability, April 2006.