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ERIC Number: ED538738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Grade Configuration
Williamson, Ronald
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Where to locate the 7th and 8th grade is a perennial question. While there are many variations, three approaches are most often used---include them in a 7-12 secondary campus, maintain a separate middle grades campus, or include them as part of a K-8 program. Research says that grade configuration is inconclusive at best and there is no research that shows one configuration is better at improving student learning. There is some evidence that each of the three approaches can positively, or negatively impact students. But reorganizing grades is merely a shifting of students, teachers and programs from one site to another. Research shows that there is greater impact on student learning when the emphasis is not on location of the students but on the educational experience students receive. Grade configuration is merely a tool that can create the potential to improve student learning. This paper provides a brief summary of what the research says. (Contains 6 resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)