ERIC Number: EJ726152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Are Middle Schools More Effective
Bedard, Kelly; Do, Chan
Journal of Human Resources, v40 n3 p660-682 Sum 2005
While nearly half of all school districts have adopted middle schools, there is little quantitative evidence of the efficacy of this educational structure. We estimate the impact of moving from a junior high school system, where students stay in elementary school longer, to a middle school system for on-time high school completion. This is a particularly good outcome measure because middle school advocates argued that this new system would be especially helpful for lower achieving students. In contrast to the stated objective, we find that moving to a middle school system decreases on-time high school completion by approximately 1-3 percent.
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, Graduation, Program Length, Program Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Educational Change
University of Wisconsin Press, Journals Division, 1930 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711-2059. Web site: http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/jhr/home.html.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A