ERIC Number: ED348774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Illinois Middle-Level School Assessment: A Look at the State-of-the-Art in Middle-Grade Practices.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Findings of a study that examined middle-level school practices and the educational needs of Illinois youth aged 10-14 are presented in this report. A questionnaire mailed to all junior high/middle schools (576 schools) and K-8 schools in Illinois (705 schools) elicited response rates of 75 and 42 percent, respectively, or a total of 774 usable returns. Findings indicate that Illinois middle-grade schools are doing a reasonably good job of implementing health-related concepts and practices and that some have implemented critical thinking and cooperative learning techniques. Eight of the 10 concepts designated as key to middle-level school success are fully implemented by fewer than 25 percent of the schools. However, most schools expressed a need for additional funds, particulary for staff development and the hiring of additional staff. Most schools do not participate in business/community collaboration to a significant extent. Recommendations include providing specialized teacher preparation and utilizing a holistic approach to create a learning environment that meets early adolescents' physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs. The appendix includes the questionnaire. Three figures and 10 tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Note: For a related document, see EA 024 168.