ERIC Number: ED370154
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. Executive Summary and State Board of Education Policy Statement on Middle Grade Education and Middle Grade Schools. Revised.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This summary highlights implementation strategies from the full report for restructuring middle grade education in Texas. The task force was guided by a central theme--a vision of Texas schools using each other as resources and the campus planning process as a vehicle for implementing research-based concepts and practices in the middle grades. Driven by innovation at the campus level rather than by top-down mandates, this restructuring effort will not succeed without strong commitment to staff development. Middle-grade educators are challenged daily with students exhibiting a range of intellectual, physical, psychological, and social development unmatched at any other grade level. Middle-grade education 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. The nine developmentally appropriate goals and strategies embrace student learning; curriculum and programs; personnel training; school organization and management; finance; parent responsibility; community and business partnerships; research, development, and evaluation; and communications. State Board of Education policy statements about middle school philosophy, organizational structure, curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional growth and development, student support, and community are included. (MLH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Change Strategies, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Networks, Parent Participation, School Restructuring, Staff Development, State Action, Student Needs
Texas Education Agency, Publications Division, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Note: For full report, see EA 024 690. For "source book of notable programs," see EA 024 692.