What we used to called Gifted/Talented (g/t) we now call High Ability (HA).
A HA cluster is, by definition, a group of 4 to 10 identified HA students in an otherwise mixed ability class lead by a teacher trained in providing differentiated instruction for HA students. In these clusters HA students stimulate and compete with each other. Because the cluster is a significant part of the class, the teachers tend to be diligent in providing differentiated instruction.
Greater Clark claims to use clusters and actually has more than 50 designated "cluster classrooms". However, none has 4 students so none has a cluster. Generally a "cluster classroom" has a cluster size of 1 or 2. This is not enough to provide any cluster benefits.
The reason that the clusters are so small is that they are all limited to the HA population in a single grade at a single school.
Imagine that we had a school with 100 kids in a grade (larger than any GCCS elementary school). There would be a 1 in 6 chance that there would be 4 HA kids to create a cluster for that grade.
If we don't have any clusters, is it OK for GCCS to tell the public (and the IDOE in the HA grant application) that a cluster strategy is used? Can you have cluster classroom if you don't have clusters?
Edited by TimZ, 08 February 2017 - 09:29 AM.