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ERIC Number: ED507367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Paving the Way for Success in High School and beyond: The Importance of Preparing Middle School Students for the Transition to Ninth Grade. GroundWork
Grossman, Jean Baldwin; Cooney, Siobhan M.
Public/Private Ventures
Public/Private Ventures' (P/PV's) "GroundWork" series summarizes available evidence on a variety of social policy topics, providing a firm foundation for future work. This second brief in the series presents an overview of issues surrounding the ninth grade transition: why it is so important; why many middle school students find it so difficult; traits related to a successful transition; and what schools can do to ease difficulties in the transition. Research indicates that students unprepared to handle the transition are more likely to disengage from school, which in turn may lead to dropping out--and a host of related problems, thus perpetuating a cycle of poverty for disadvantaged, low-income youth. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; Middle Schools
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures