From the Hartford Courant:
Differentiated instruction allows teachers to tailor lessons to students with different abilities in the same classroom, and has been on the rise in Connecticut since a 2002 federal court ruling ordered more inclusion of kids with disabilities in regular classrooms.
Educators say the method is very demanding and difficult, and requires solid training, planning time and expert classroom management techniques.
Advocates say differentiated instruction helps students progress because their individual needs are met, said Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education. But critics say, according to Ravitch, that it can be an overwhelming burden for some teachers and that some parents complain their children with higher abilities are neglected or aren’t challenged enough.