Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2018

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Master Teacher

Committee Chair

Kelly Benson

Second Committee Member

Craig Hughes

Third Committee Member

Lee Plourde


This project highlights best practices for small reading group instruction for third through fifth grade English language learners in the general education classroom. By completing a literature review, a journal article was developed to report the pros and cons of heterogeneous and homogeneous groupings for reading instruction. Data from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) and the OSPI Report Card were used to discuss a need to raise student reading proficiency scores.