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During the 2009-10 school year, Ziegler began using more of the recommendations in Fair Isn't Always Equal, including pre-assessing students before a unit of study to guide flexible grouping for differentiated instruction.
"I use this as directive feedback to me; they don't get a grade on it," Ziegler said. "I can find out who're my weak students, who are higher-level thinkers. It's really opened my mind in terms of gearing my lesson to the individual and not to the whole class. It’s allowed me to create groups based on readiness levels, as Rick suggests."
Ziegler's students recently shared their own evaluation of the new assessment and grading system with the local school board. The following letters, written by students in Ziegler's 10th grade environmental science classes and 12th grade AP biology classes, were included in the public testimonial.