ERIC Number: ED432819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Leading the Way: State Actions To Improve Student Achievement in the Middle Grades.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
This fourth report in the Southern Regional Education Board's series on middle-grades education recommends a number of actions that states, districts, and schools can take to improve middle-school student performance. These recommendations address lagging achievement, a lack of focus on academics, unprepared teachers, and a need for leadership and sufficient resources allocated where they can do the most good. The report calls for states to review their standards and expectations to determine whether they are rigorous and challenging and to clarify what students should master. The text criticizes states for concentrating their efforts on the "bookends" of schooling: early childhood and higher graduation rates. It asks states to provide examples of challenging curricula and to furnish information that schools, communities, and families can use to improve middle-grades education. It recommends a comprehensive framework with 10 critical elements that can help districts and schools move the middle grades forward. These elements include an academic core that is aligned with rigorous content and performance standards, a belief that all students matter, classroom practices that actively engage students in their learning, qualified teachers, and strong leadership. These actions can reverse the trend of eighth-grade students entering high school ill prepared. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Middle Schools, State School District Relationship
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318; Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.