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Document Number: 5699

Focus on the Wonder Years - Young teens undergo multiple physical, social-emotional and intellectual changes during the middle school years, making the schools they attend critical in shaping their futures. U.S. middle schools have been blamed for increases in behavior problems, teen alienation, disengagement from school and low achievement, all of which can persist into high school and beyond. This paperís recommendations include considering alternatives to the classic 6-8 grade middle school, offering interventions to the lowest-performing students to lessen achievement gaps and establishing a research program to learn how other countries successfully promote student well-being and foster positive school climates in a manner that supports academic achievement in schools that serve young teens. A summary of the report is also available. (Janna Juvonen, Vi-Nhuan Le, Tessa Kaganoff, Catherine Augustine and Louay Constant, RAND, 2004)...

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