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Middle Level Education Research

Middle Level Education Research

NASSP understands research can prove just as useful a resource as guides, podcasts, and so on. Current research targeted specifically at the middle level is provided below.

Improved Middle Grades Schools for Improved High School Readiness: Ten Best Practices in the Middle Grades
This research report published in 2012 by the Southern Region Education Board, shares effective practices that middle grades schools have implemented as they strive to graduate more students ready for high school, college and careers.  The results of this study indicate that the most improved schools committed to creating a culture of continuous improvement, while the least-improved schools did not make this commitment.  

Academic Achievement in the Middle Grades: What Does Research Tell Us?
This literature review by the Southern Regional Education Board surveys contemporary scholarship on academic achievement in the middle grades to answer the following questions: What is the current state of middle grades education? What led to the reform of middle grades education? What does research tell us about educational practices that support academic achievement in the middle grades?

What Works Clearinghouse
The What Works Clearinghouse was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.

Center of Education Policy: State Test Score Trends Through 2008-09, Part 3: Student Achievement at 8th Grade - Released April 2011

The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring that All Students Are on Target for College and Career Readiness before High School – Released December 2008
ACT research shows eighth-grade students' academic achievement has a large impact on their readiness for college by the end of high school; currently less than 20% are on track.

Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades – Released February 2010
This EdSource studies documents showing what higher-performing middle grades schools do to prepare their students for success in high school. Hopkins

RMLE Online
Research in Middle Level Education Online (RMLE Online)
is an international peer-reviewed research journal published by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) and is endorsed by The Middle Level Education Research (MLER) special interest group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  The journal publishes quantitative and qualitative studies, case studies, action research studies, research syntheses, integrative reviews, and interpretations of research literature.

Research Summaries
The research committee of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) regularly shares research about focused topics in middle level education. Included with each summary are annotated references and recommended resources for you to continue your investigation into each topic.

Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path: A Policy and Practice Brief
This document covers the major research findings and shares specific policy and practice suggestions to improve student success.  It is based on more than a decade of research and development work at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) at Johns Hopkins University as well as direct field experience in more than 30 middle schools implementing comprehensive reform. CSOC has a long-standing collaboration with the Philadelphia Education Fund and several middle schools that serve high-poverty populations in Philadelphia.