Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor


Just as the population of Minnesota students in inner-city and first ring-suburban high schools continues to grow more diverse in ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, interest and motivation, so too grows the expectation that all students show adequate yearly progress. Given the important challenge of holding all different types of students to the same rigorous academic standard and with the goal of maximizing individual reading comprehension growth, a series of differentiated units was developed using data from the Northwest Evaluation Association's (NWEA) Measuring Academic Progress (MAP) test. The student data generated from the MAP test along with NWEA's Descartes "Continuum of learning" allowed for manageable differentiation of content and yielded better than normative reading comprehension growth in just over forty percent of the sixty-eight students enrolled in English Concepts at Irondale High School.


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