ERIC Number: ED319509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul-3
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Developing and Implementing a Middle School Program To Improve the Achievement of Students in Grade Six through Grade Eight.
Arrington, Alpheus, Jr.
This practicum report describes the development and implementation of a middle school program in King and Queen County in Virginia's Middle Peninsula designed to improve the achievement of sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students whose achievement scores were consistently lower than national and state averages. A literature review and interviews were conducted as a basis for discussion of the problem and presentation of intervention strategies. Solution strategies included: (1) implementation of in-service training designed to increase teachers' and administrators' knowledge of effective instructional practices appropriate for middle school students; (2) development and implementation of curriculum guides in mathematics and science for grades 6-8; and (3) establishment of regular meetings to improve the continuity of the middle level program. Terminal objectives were achieved in reading for grades 6-8 and in mathematics and science for 8th grade. Sixth through eighth grade achievement scores increased from March, 1988 to March, 1989. Curriculum guides in mathematics and science for grades 6 through 8 were developed and used. In-service training workshops were conducted and grade-level "articulation meetings" were held on a regular basis. (RH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Guides, Developmental Continuity, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Inservice Teacher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Instruction, Middle Schools, Program Development, Program Implementation, Science Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia