Date of Award

Winter 12-20-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

David Kupferman


reading, ability level, middle school, grouping


The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of ability level grouping on seventh-grade broad reading skills. The study aims to determine whether ability level instruction will lead to positive growth in seventh-grade students’ broad reading skills. The study will look at seventh graders in a reading course with three levels: 1) students who have met or exceeded MCA standards, 2) students who have partially met MCA standards, 3) students who have not met MCA standards and examine possible growth of broad reading skills when provided instruction with students of similar abilities. Effects of ability level instruction will be measured using data collected by student participation in a district-mandated assessment.