Grade Configuration Matters

By Education Next 12/24/2010

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Jonah Rockoff talks with Education Next about his new study, which finds that when students move to a middle school, their academic achievement declines substantially relative to students who continue to attend a K-8 school.

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For more on this topic, please see “Stuck in the Middle,” by Jonah E. Rockoff and Benjamin B. Lockwood, which appears in the Fall 2010 issue of Education Next.

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  • Vince Anfara says:

    Glad to see that Mr. Rockoff has finally discovered what middle grades researchers have nown for quite some time about transitions and their effects on stduents. What Mr. Rockoff does not know is that grade configuretion is not what matters; it is what we do with the students (i.e., how we teach them and structure their expriences) in grades 6-8 who are kept in K-8 configured schools.

    I am so tired of people who reinvent research that already exists–seem to have some secret insight. The author needs to assocaite with middle grades researchers who have studies this for years.

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