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Improving the Success of Middle Grade Students

Middle grade students need to have common behavioral and academic expectations, recognitions, and consequences throughout the school day in all their classes.

Report by By Gina Rodriguez, George W. Bush Institute Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University Sarah J. Brasiel, Edvance Reesarch, Inc. June 26, 2013


For middle grade students to succeed in high school, they need to have positive learning experiences as well as a healthy school environment and culture that support academic achievement, social and emotional development, and self-regulation. This paper presents a few recommendations in comparison to existing practice at their middle grade school. Then they can consider ways to improve the current discipline policies and student support structures to lead to improved outcomes for all students.