Teachers are encouraged to differentiate instruction, classwork, homework, projects and tests for students of different ability levels. In the past, my tests have been different for my math groups based on the concepts each group covered. For example, a higher level math group may have learned to solve two step equations and the lower group only learned one step equations, so the higher group's test could have a few 2-step equations to solve while the lower level test would not. Students also get different levels of support on assignments. For example, some students may get the formulas for area and perimeter while most students had to memorize them. Spelling and vocabulary tests are more frequently differentiated by giving different or fewer words. In my opinion, not enough teachers provide a challenge to more advanced learners or provide additional support for lower level learners (without holding other students back), but it is becoming more common.

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