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To Keep Students on Track, Middle School Matters

December 4, 2013 by Kerri L. Briggs

Did you know that a 6th grade student who fails English/Language Arts or Mathematics, who has been suspended once, or who has less than 90 percent attendance in school has about a one in four chance of graduating from high school on time?

This fact – supported by research – highlights the urgency in ensuring that every middle school student learns well and is fully engaged in school. The Bush Institute provides research summaries, professional development, and instructional tools that help teachers and administrators give quality instruction in reading, mathematics, and writing, designing interventions that help get students back on track. Our work around these critical grades is based on solid research that is available to everyone: www.middleschoolinstitute.org.

In addition to these online resources, the Bush Institute, together with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas, is offering an opportunity for eight middle grade schools to attend a summer conference designed to help integrate this research.

The schools selected for the 2013-14 school year are making changes based on their needs and supported research. We invite you to join us in this effort to ensure that every middle grade student gets to high school ready for success by applying to receive targeted support as a Middle School Matters school.  The link to the application and additional information is here (deadline is February 3, 2014).