Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades: Why Some Schools Do Better--Research Report

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EdSource, February 2010

A report looking at middle school performance, including findings that high-performing middle schools place their primary focus on improvements in academic outcomes for all students and that high-performers design their instructional program to prepare all students for a rigorous high school education. Additionally, the report found no consistent or strong link between student outcomes on standards-based tests and school grade configuration or organizational models of teachers and instruction.

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