Date of Award

Summer 8-1-1961

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Donald G. Goetschius

Second Advisor

Marshall W. Mayberry

Third Advisor

Edward Paul Klucking


The purpose of this study was to attempt to find how effective ability grouping is in other educational systems, also, to find fundamental criteria and classification variables to aid as a basis for grouping by ability. Often schools are not adequately prepared to make the best use of these new methods. Very often the teachers do not understand some of the philosophies of these new movements. Sometimes, through ignorance or partial knowledge, educators misuse and abuse a new method until it comes into disfavor with the administration and faculty. Consequently, the movement may be discontinued or severely cut. The classroom teachers in Chelan have worked with the administration in solving some of the individual differences. This movement held much favor and was accepted almost unanimously the first year in this system. Upon completion of the second year, some of the more experienced educators in the system felt that ability grouping was unfair to the child. They believed this tends to develop a negative attitude in the poorer students because of their arbitrary placement in lower groups. However, a much larger percentage of educators, and this author, hold that ability grouping on a proper and adequate basis, used wisely by both the teacher and the administrator, lends itself to more effective learning. It gives the student a chance to progress at his given rate in a particular subject area.