Ability grouping for eighth-grade Algebra I is not a new idea. It has been tried many times. During the school years 1960-61 and 1961-62 a program of this nature was carried out at Delray Junior High School, Delray Beach, Florida.
1 ”Certain tendencies which have long been operating in our schools have by their cumulative effect brought about a change in the ninth-grade school population which has made classification into ability groups … more important than ever before.”— L. E. Mensenkamp, “Ability Classification in Ninth-Grade Algebra,” The Mathematics Teacher, LII, no. 7 (November, 1959, reprinted from The Mathematics Teacher of thirty years ago), 540.
2 H. O. Jackson, “The Superior Pupil in Mathematics,” The Mathematics Teacher, XLV (1952), 203, 204. D. W. Wells, “A Modified Curriculum for Capable Students,” The Mathematics Teacher, LI (1958), 181-82. M. L. Hartung, “High School Algebra for Bright Students,” The Mathematics Teacher, XLVI (1953), 317-18.