Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Catherine Meyer-Looze

Academic Year



Research has shown that within-class ability grouping is beneficial to meeting the needs of all students. Within-class ability grouping provides teachers with the opportunity to use direct instruction while meeting the students where they are academically. Teachers and administrators need to have the understanding and background knowledge of within-class ability grouping to successfully implement the learning model. Through a professional learning plan, teachers will be given the knowledge and understanding to adopt the model within their classrooms. They will then have the understanding that within-class ability grouping is fluid in its groups, allowing students to move depending on their academic progress. Teachers will be able to use formative and summative assessments to make the best decisions for their students. Within-class ability grouping is beneficial for all students as well as allowing for direct and precise instruction from teachers.