ERIC Number: ED351790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Turning Points: States in Action. An Interim Report of the Middle Grade School State Policy Initiative.
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC. Resource Center on Educational Equity.
This report analyzes the experiences of 27 states selected to participate in Carnegie Corporation of New York's Middle Grade School State Policy Initiative (MGSSPI), a 3-year grant program to states to stimulate fundamental reform in schools serving 10- to 15-year old students. MGSSPI states are working to radically transform the education provided in middle grade schools--middle, intermediate, and junior high schools. Common standards shared by all states' projects include enhancing local school capacity for reform; implementing systematic, statewide reform; and addressing the needs of at-risk youth. Following the introduction, chapter 1 reviews program recommendations. Chapter 2 discusses the similarities among state programs at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The third chapter describes typical initiatives of MGSSPI projects in 6 areas. The program's major accomplishments are described in chapter 4: bringing attention to the state level; creating informed, unified advocacy; building state and local reform; and sustaining reforms despite austerity. Insights and challenges are presented in the final chapter--they concern ways to conserve time and energy; make progress; foster connections; and develop professional skills. The epilogue describes 15 state programs that were awarded continuation grants. Nine figures are included. Appendices contain information on MGSSPI technical assistance and oversight activities; state projects, goals, and objectives; and project directors. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, State Action, State Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC. Resource Center on Educational Equity.