Differentiated Instruction for All Students

  • The Cambrian School District is committed to academic and personal success for every student. This includes providing education with high academic standards and rigor, which will promote the maximum academic, social-emotional, and physical development of each student.


    What is Differentiated Instruction?

    Differentiating instruction may mean teaching the same material to all students using a variety of instructional strategies, or it may require the teacher to deliver lessons at varying levels of difficulty based on the ability of each student.

    Teachers who practice differentiation in the classroom may:

    • Design lessons based on students’ learning styles.
    • Group students by shared interest, topic, or the ability for assignments.
    • Assess students’ learning using formative assessment.
    • Manage the classroom to create a safe and supportive environment.
    • Continually assess and adjust lesson content to meet students’ needs.


    Grade Acceleration

    Acceleration is an educational intervention that moves students through an education program at a significantly faster pace or at a younger than typical age. All acceleration requires high academic ability. The student’s motivation, social-emotional maturity, and interests must be considered when making decisions about acceleration. The student whose level of achievement and ability significantly surpasses same age group peers as well as the student with high ability but who is not performing well in class are examples of who might be considered for subject-matter or whole-grade acceleration. Prior to completing this form, please read the Grade/Subject Matter Acceleration Guidelines and Procedures packet. Learn more.  

    • Learn more information about Gifted and Talented Education.


    Grade Retention

    The Board recognizes that very few children benefit from being retained during the elementary and middle grades. The Superintendent or designee shall study current research on retention and promote alternatives to retention among certificated staff.

    As early as possible in the school year, the Superintendent or designee shall identify students who are at risk of being retained in accordance with the law, Board policy, and Board procedure. Students shall be identified solely on the basis of academic achievement.  Learn more.

    Students with Disabilities

    For more information on services and programs for students with disabilities, please contact our Student Services Department.