ERIC Number: ED479781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Closing Gaps in the Middle Grades.
In spring 2000, the Southern Regional Education Board, through its Middle Grades Assessment, gathered information from 5,000 eighth-graders and 1,800 middle-grades teachers in 60 schools in 14 states. This brief report describes what that information revealed: a significant difference between the achievement scores of the highest performing 25 percent of students and the lowest performing 25 percent of students. These gaps were true for both white and African American students, and they existed in all three subjects assessed: reading, mathematics, and science. Smaller gaps also existed between white and African American students in both the highest performing and the lowest performing 25 percent of students. The report discusses possible reasons for these gaps based on an analysis of responses to questions from teachers and students about their schools and classrooms. The report also discusses other gaps that affect student learning and achievement: the varying quality of leadership, parents' and teachers' expectations of students, academic guidance, and teaching practices. The report concludes with recommendations on what schools, districts, and states can do to close these gaps in the middle grades. (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Educational Practices, Equal Education, Evaluation Research, Grade 8, Instructional Leadership, Junior High Schools, Leadership Responsibility, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Middle Schools, Parent Student Relationship, School Effectiveness, Student Improvement, Teacher Student Relationship
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/MiddleGrades/ publications/reports/Closing_Gaps_Middle.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Published for Making Schools Work and Making Middle Grades Matter by the Southern Regional Education Board.