ERIC Number: ED419278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Education's Weak Link: Student Performance in the Middle Grades.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Ways in which middle schools can better prepare their students are presented in this report. It discusses the national pattern of underachievement in basic mathematics and science and details how schools served by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) report that almost 50 percent of their eighth-graders are below the basic level in math. Of particular concern are students in low-income districts, from rural areas, and girls. The report explores why these gaps in performance exist and what can be done to ease them. One method is to revaluate the standards and expectations of middle schools and redirect the current emphasis from arithmetic to higher mathematics, such as geometry and algebra. Deciding what students are expected to know is vital to the process, in particular, schools must determine what constitutes high standards and expectations. Parents, also, must be brought into any reform efforts. More information about classroom practices is needed. Suggestions as to how states can evaluate student performance and an example that compares a high-performing to a low-performing school are offered. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318.