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ERIC Number: EJ888579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
The Transition Years
Dillon, Naomi
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n1 p29-34 Sep 2008
Life, in general, is a series of ever-increasing challenges. Ideally, the lessons learned from previous experiences prepare a person for future ones. That isn't always the case, particularly when puberty hits. Despite the many environmental and personal variables converging at the same time, schools can be instrumental in guiding teens through these developmental years. While students matriculating through the grade levels is nothing new, the standards and accountability movement has forced districts to examine student achievement from all angles. Studies have shown that 9th grade is a pivotal point in a student's academic career, with data from the U.S. Department of Education revealing that little more than 60% of freshmen from 1,700 schools nationwide make it to graduation. In this article, the author discusses the importance of creating a well-thought-out plan to ease the transitions kids make, especially between two of the most critical junctures in K-12 education: the move from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school. Trying to ease the transitions students make from one school building to another and diminish the academic losses associated with these moves, districts across the country are rethinking which grade configurations yield the best results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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