Education Report Roundup

Middle Schools

By Debra Viadero — July 15, 2008 1 min read

Accelerated middle schools, a strategy that involves “catching up” students who lag behind through intensive teaching in separate schools or classrooms, is the latest program to get a qualified nod from the What Works Clearinghouse.

A July 8 clearinghouse report says studies show that the approach has a “positive” effect on improving the numbers of children who progress through school and a “potentially positive” impact on preventing students from dropping out.

The report says the federal analysts based their conclusions on a review of three studies involving a total of 800 students in school districts in Griffin, Ga.; Flint, Mich.; and Newark, N.J. In all the studies, students were randomly assigned to either an accelerated middle school program or regular classes and their progress was followed up two years later.

A version of this article appeared in the July 16, 2008 edition of Education Week