Flexible CORE Grouping at BMS

What is it?

Flexible CORE grouping is how the Middle School creates classroom groupings that meet each student where they are academically and provide support and instruction to help them make progress.

How does it work?

Research show that most students benefit from being in mixed groupings of students. Middle School staff identify general areas of focus/skill based on the curriculum. They then review each student’s academic information and cluster those with similar needs to create the CORE classroom. CORE classroom placement is also affected by scheduling demands for some students.

All students will be taught using the same curriculum. However, teachers will pay particular attention to certain content based on the needs of the group of students they are teaching. This might be an emphasis on extension or support in particular areas.

The academic information reviewed includes data from PSSA scores, NWEA Map results, and DIBELS results as well as current or prior year’s grades.

A student’s CORE grouping is fluid. Staff meet weekly to review current information and if students are on track with their learning. Adjustments will be made throughout the year based on current content and identified needs.

What does it mean for my child?

It means that your child will be met at their instructional level and supported to make progress. Teachers will use differentiated instruction to meet the variety of needs in their classrooms. Your child’s CORE classroom placement will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it is meeting their needs. The school will send home results of the NWEA Map, DIBELS and PSSA assessment results so that you are aware of your child’s level of achievement. Current grades are available online via the Tyler Parent Portal. Additional information regarding flexible grouping is available on the Middle School website in the Quick Links section under “Flexible Grouping Resources.” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher.


Additional Information

Flexible grouping pairs students with like and unlike learners promoting opportunities for students to showcase their individual strengths and talents, while fostering a community where every student is valued.

"Flexible Grouping" by Catherine Valentino

Maximizing Student Learning with Flexible Grouping Practices