Document Number: 5840K-8 Schools May Help School Districts Improve Student Performance - This concise report examines the extent to which school districts across the country have moved from a middle school configuration to K-8 schools, the reasons for these shifts, the evidence that K-8 schools promote student success, and lessons learned from other states’ experience in middle grades configurations. While nationwide data on middle grade configurations is scarce, the past decade has seen several large districts shift to K-8 configurations, all citing student performance as the cause. More research is needed since the evaluations “did not take into consideration other factors that influence student success,” such as teacher and facility quality, community and parental involvement, among others. (Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, Florida Legislature, January 2005)...
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