Ability grouping was a new concept to me, it sounds like the intent is to group similar students together so you can teach to their level.  I have always done the opposite.  I prefer to split the strong students equally into groups with students that may be struggling.  I find when they work together the academically stronger students end up assisting te others with their learning.  Kind of like having a tutor to support each group as I work my way through the class.  There is so much more to the link and media below and I encourage you to take the time to explore it!

http://visible-learning.org/2013/02/infographic-john-hattie-visible-learing/

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