ERIC Number: ED349631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Betwixt & Between: Middle Grades School State Policy.
Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Center for School Improvement and Performance.
This report is a study of present practices and task force recommendations for restructuring education for middle-level learners in the State of Indiana. In spring 1989, a survey was distributed to 445 schools statewide that house students of grades 5-9. The responses from the 243 returns indicate that middle-school theory has not been fully implemented by Indiana schools. Statewide public forums in spring 1991 identified professional development, school organization, collaboration, and state regulations as issues of concern. Profiled are the needs and social and emotional, cognitive, and physical characteristics of young adolescents. Using this information and a study of the publication "Turning Points," the task force developed a checklist that constitutes its vision for exemplary middle schools. Areas of discussion and recommendations include collaboration of services, school as a health-promoting environment, developmentally appropriate curriculum and resources, elimination of tracking. and preparation and certification of middle-school professionals. (Contains 23 references.) (RR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Center for School Improvement and Performance.