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ERIC Number: ED516496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades. Education Outlook. No. 1
Williams, Trish; Rosin, Matthew; Kirst, Michael W.
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Educators and policymakers have debated in recent years how best to improve academic performance in the middle grades. In the absence of outcomes-based research about what works, school districts have reshuffled grade configurations, bolstered their focus on "academic rigor," and worked to ensure that students are engaged in school as they go through the turbulence of puberty. To find out what district and school policies and practices are linked to higher student performance in the middle grades, a team of researchers from EdSource, Stanford University, and American Institutes for Research spent eighteen months conducting the most extensive empirical study of this grade level to date. The study, Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades, was released in 2010. This "Outlook" highlights what policymakers can do to support the middle grades.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act