Document Number: 4201Academic Achievement in the Middle Grades: What Does Research Tell Us? - This literature review from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) assesses the state of middle grades education that led to reform. This review found that best practices for promoting achievement in the middle grades include providing an accelerated and rich core curriculum, setting high expectations and creating a supportive climate of encouragement, grouping students to help them connect what they are learning across the curriculum and assigning highly qualified teachers to every classroom. (Rafael Heller, Sarah Calderon, Elliott Medrich, Gene Bottoms, Sondra Cooney and Caro Feagin, SREB, December 2002)...
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