I've been hearing and reading a lot about differentiation and standards-based grading. I'm slowly becoming more intrigued by this. For me, I don't really care when someone learns something. Sure, 8th grade needs to be Algebra and 7 paragraph essays. However, some people, you might get to those standards at 13 years old and others might get to that standard at 15. Others might get to it at 11.
So, in AVID, next week's standard is organization. It will look different in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. More layers as we good older. However, they'll have to demonstrate mastery of that before they can move on to another standard. Not sure how this is going to work.