[caption id="attachment_41816" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Schools in Kansas City, Mo., will begin to group students by ability as opposed to age this fall."]Schools in Kansas City, Mo., will begin to group students by ability as opposed to age this fall.[/caption]

As Kansas City, Mo., students return to their age-assigned classrooms this fall, they will begin to take assessments in math and reading—tests that will determine their mastery of specific skill sets and, ultimately, where they will be placed.

Instead of simply moving kids from one grade to the next as they get older, Kansas City...

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