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ERIC Number: ED506159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
Keeping Middle Grades Students on the Path to Success in High School: Increasing Engagement and Achievement in SREB States. Challenge to Lead Series
Thomas, Marilyn; Collins, Crystal
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
This report documents the stall of progress in middle grades reading and math achievement. It analyzes results on state assessments and the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) and indicates steps that will help states regain progress in achievement. It also lays out five specific strategies states can use to keep middle grades students on the path to success: (1) Implement the recommendations of the SREB Committee to Improve Reading and Writing in Middle and High Schools; (2) Provide an accelerated curriculum to all students not achieving on grade level as they enter the middle grades; (3) Restructure the middle grades math curriculum to help students prepare for Algebra I by eighth grade; (4) Improve professional development and the regulations for certification (and re-certification) of middle grades teachers--as well as teacher preparation--to ensure that more middle grades teachers are qualified to teach their assigned subjects; and (5) Build on adolescents' aspirations for college and careers to engage them in educational and career planning. Four appendices are included: (1) Percent of Eighth-Graders Scoring At or Above NAEP Basic and Proficient Levels in Math and Percent Enrolled in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I or Higher; (2) Recommended Major Topics of School Algebra; (3) Benchmarks for the Critical Foundations of Algebra: Guideposts for State Frameworks and School Districts; and (4) Percent of Public School Teachers Assigned to Teach Math Classes Who Hold Credentials in Math: Grades 7-12, 2004. (Contains 2 footnotes, 2 figures and 9 tables.)
Southern Regional Education Board. 592 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790. Tel: 404-875-9211; Fax: 404-872-1477; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board