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ERIC Number: ED485236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Getting the Mission Right in the Middle Grades. Challenge to Lead Series
Southern Regional Education Board
If Southern Regional Education Board, SREB, were to grade states today on the middle grades goal, only a few would earn high marks; most are still struggling, and that goes for most of the rest of the nation as well. That does not mean that student achievement is not improving or that SREB states have not developed some key policies and promising practices to raise student achievement. This report analyzes key indicators and points to both policies and practices that can help. The Challenge to Lead goal for middle grades students in SREB states is high, and it needs to be high. The goal is that middle grades students in your state, regardless of their economic status, school location, ethnicity or gender, will exceed national averages in achievement. Challenge to Lead asserts that the mission of the middle grades is to prepare all students for rigorous high school studies. You may be surprised that this is not the mission for all schools, but it is not. To those who say this is an unrealistic mission, this study asks, "Can your state set its sights any lower than to prepare all students?" So, how will you know if students in your state are achieving at high levels and if they are prepared to succeed in a challenging high school curriculum? Ask two questions about your state. (1) Is achievement improving in my state for all students and for all groups of students? (2) How are students in my state performing compared to regional and national measures? This report will help answer these questions. [This document is also part of the "Making Middle Grades Work" series, supported by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the U. S. Department of Education.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.