Model Program

Making Middle Grades Work

Southern Regional Education Board
592 10th St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318-5776
http://www.sreb.org/programs/middlegrades/middlegradesindex.asp

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Contact Information:
Toni Eubank
Director
404.879.5588
toni.eubank@sreb.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The goal of Making Middle Grades Work is to raise the academic achievement of all middle grades students to at least the Basic level, with increasing percentages of middle grades students performing at the Proficient level, as defined and measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. SREB challenges states to lead by clearly outlining goals for improving middle grades education and by providing resources necessary to reach the goals. A comprehensive improvement framework with 10 essential elements pulls together specific, research-supported actions that states, districts and schools can take to move the middle grades forward.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Credit Recovery, GED, Service Learning, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 2000
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

School factors

  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Teachers
Counselors
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

SREB

Evaluation Information:

The Research Triangle Institute prepared this report for SREB's Making Middle Grades Work initiative. It compared 28 high- and low-implementation schools and found that students at middle grades schools that more fully implement the MMGW design have higher student achievement than those at schools that do not fully implement the design.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level