ERIC Number: ED346576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Appropriateness of Designating the Middle School as the Third Level of Public Education in Virginia. Report of the Board of Education to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. Senate Document No. 28.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
In Senate Joint Resolution No. 117, Virginia's General Assembly endorsed the process for restructuring education in the middle school grades and requested that the Board of Education determine the appropriateness of designating the middle school as a separate level in the educational structure. The study summarized in this report first considered the literature, research, national trends, and recent emphasis in the Department of Education, all of which support the need for middle school services and practices differing from those in the high school or elementary school grades. The study found that middle school education was delivered in separate schools in 103 of Virginia's 133 school divisions and that at least 62 school divisions will be organized with middle school grades 6-8 by 1992. A clear majority of superintendents surveyed support designation of the middle school as a third educational level. Recommendations are given concerning proper wording for code modifications and for state constitutional amendments providing for compulsory elementary, middle, and high school education. Appendices contain legal texts, number of schools by grade organization for 1989-90, goals for Virginia middle schools, and recommendations from Joyce Epstein's "Phi Delta Kappan" article and the Carnegie Council's "Turning Points." (MLH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia