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Document Number: 5973

Middle School Practices Improve Student Achievement in High Poverty Schools - The purpose of this study is to establish a relationship between team and classroom practices and student achievement as measured by standardized test scores. The authors find that income level of student families is the predominant influence on student achievement, but that schools can ameliorate this through several combined factors: (1) implementation of interdisciplinary teaming and common planning time; (2) higher levels of team and classroom practices; and (3) sustained engagement in teaming by teachers. (Steven B. Mertens and Nancy Flowers, Middle School Journal, September 2003)...

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