ERIC Number: ED247659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Middle Schools: Do They Make a Difference?
Miller, Roger L.
Data-based studies comparing effectiveness of middle schools to traditional or other schools are almost nonexistent. The middle school movement may have gained acceptance as a reaction to the failures of junior high schools and as a response to improved understanding of the nature of the learner. The state of Pennsylvania bases the organization of its middle schools on the nature of the learner in an attempt to accommodate the needs of the adolescent. Although differences in organizational structure and teacher certification exist, middle schools and junior high schools are alike in many respects. This study tests whether middle school students score higher on self-esteem and cognitive skills (reading) than do students in traditional secondary schools. The Educational Quality Assessment data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education provided test scores on eighth-grade students in middle and junior high schools as the data source for this study. No significant differences were found between the middle school and junior high school students on self-esteem or reading comprehension. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania