ERIC Number: ED370153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Spotlight on the Middle: Report of the Texas Task Force on Middle School Education.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This report envisions Texas schools using one another as resources and the campus planning process as a vehicle for implementing research-based concepts and practices in the middle grades. Since Texas' restructuring effort will not succeed without commitment to staff development from all levels of the education community, the need for teacher and administrator training in educating young adolescents is stressed throughout the report. The middle school years have been passed over by educational reform movements focused on early childhood and high school education. Too often, adolescence has been viewed as something to be endured and the middle grades have been seen as solutions to district enrollment and facilities problems. Education at the middle level must foster individual growth by meeting the intellectual and developmental needs of children where they are, rather than adapting instructional practices and school organization from some other grade level. Major reform issues are organized into nine interrelated goal areas: Goal 1: student learning; Goal 2: curriculum and programs; Goal 3: personnel; Goal 4: organization and management; Goal 5: finance; Goal 6: parent responsibility; Goal 7: community and business partnerships; Goal 8: research, development, and evaluation; and Goal 9: communications. Specific strategies for achieving each goal are presented for the Texas Education Agency, regional education service centers, school districts, and campuses. (32 references) (MLH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Change Strategies, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Networks, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, School Organization, School Restructuring, Staff Development, State Action, Student Needs
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distributions Office, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Note: For "executive summary," see EA 024 691. For "source book of notable programs", see EA 024 692.