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The W. K. Kellogg Middle Start Initiative is a comprehensive educational reform effort to foster school improvement efforts and build public support for middle-grades reform in Michigan. Begun in 1993-1994, Middle State has to date involved more than 220 schools, including those that have received grants for comprehensive school improvement (CSI) and focused grants to improve reading and mathematics. The Academy for Educational Development has been conducting the documentation and cluster evaluation of the Middle Start Initiative since its beginning in spring 1994. This study examined the progress of 12 schools receiving CSI grants as part of their involvement in Middle Start. The case studies were designed to capture the pathways adopted by the schools over time to evolve into middle-grades schools that promoted academic achievement, healthy development, and social equity. The study included interviews with CSI principals, interviews with CSI teacher teams, classroom observations in CSI schools, review of annual reports of CSI schools and technical assistance partners, site observations, documentation of network meetings, and data from evaluation forms at networking conferences. Findings show that schools obtained the best student outcomes when they developed an integrated focus on varied aspects of middle-school reform. Technical assistance partners played key roles in guiding the integration of time, expertise, and partnerships. Six schools led in the comprehensive and integrated nature of their reforms. Four schools demonstrated moderate progress for students, and two schools struggled to meet their Middle Start goals and showed lower levels of outcomes for students. (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Middle Schools











Author: Academy for Educational Development, Inc., New York, NY.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12303&id=ED482466



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