ERIC Number: ED211557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Middle Grades Assessment Program. User's Manual.
This manual is for educators, parents, and policymakers who wish to evaluate the responsiveness of middle schools to the developmental needs of twelve to fourteen-year-old students (young adolescents). A leader's manual and a slide-tape presentation complete the training needed to use this Middle Grades Assessment Program. A preliminary discussion offers an insight into the needs of these young adolescents and their social, emotional, and physical development. A discussion is also presented of the essential characteristics of schools that are responsive to the needs of this age group. A checklist that contains guidelines for effective observation and assessment of schools by lay people is introduced. This checklist evaluates how well the school is meeting adolescent needs for: safety, academic effectiveness, diversity, self-exploration, participation, social interaction, physical activity, competence and achievement, and structure and limits. Forms for conducting interviews, which are part of the assessment program, are included for meetings with school principals, guidance counselors, teachers, parents, and students. These forms contain statements of desirable conditions and supplies questions to ascertain if this condition exists in the school. Observation forms are provided for evaluating school facilities, classroom instruction, the media center or library, student rules and expectations, and the general environment. A chart is included for summarizing observations. The manual concludes with a glossary of educational terms, bibliographies on learning environments and young adolescents, and lists of journals and organizations concerned with education and adolescents. (JD)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Developmental Stages, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Interviews, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Program Evaluation, School Responsibility, School Role, Student Behavior
Center for Early Adolescence, Suite 223, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro, NC 27510 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Needmor Fund, Toledo, OH.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Center for Early Adolescence.
Note: For related document, see SP 019 518.