ERIC Number: ED366062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of Middle Grade Reforms in California Public Schools, 1988-89 through 1992-93.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
This document presents findings of a study that examined the extent to which middle-grade reforms in California actually affected the restructuring of middle-level education throughout the state. The California Middle Grades Task Force's report, "Caught in the Middle," led to the creation of the California Middle Grades Reform Model, initially implemented statewide through 10 Regional Networks of 115 partnership schools. Data were derived through a survey of more than 600 California schools, which included both partnership and nonpartnership schools. Findings indicate widespread implementation of middle-grade reform goals that correspond directly with the Task Force's intent. Approximately 40 percent of network schools reported substantial or extensive gains in student achievement, compared with 35 percent of all schools. However, 73 percent of all schools reported moderate to extensive achievement gains in the past 5 years. Other information is provided on school characteristics, construction and remodeling, interdisciplinary teams, active learning structures, tutoring, varied instructional strategies, flexible scheduling programs, advisory programs, heterogeneous student groupings, reforms to benefit at-risk students, college preparation courses, staff development, the middle-school/college relationship, changes in preservice teacher preparation, and achievement. The report is composed of charts, figures, and interpretive critiques based on observations of survey respondents from 1988-89 through 1992-93. A total of 46 figures is included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Restructuring, State Norms, State Surveys
Bureau of Publications, Sales Unit, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95812-0271 ($6.50 plus sales tax for California residents).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.