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Document Number: 6514

Improving the Educational Possibilities of Urban High School Students as They Transition from 8th to 9th Grade - This study reports the findings of an ongoing collaborative partnership between the UCLA EASE Project, The Dream Foundation and the educators at Valley High School to develop and evaluate a transition model that creates “a college-going culture” among entering 9th-grade students. The authors offer four policy recommendations for facilitating effective and successful transitions from middle school to high school and ultimately to high school graduation: (1) allocate resources to support and oversee the 9th-grade transition; (2) fund programs that create opportunities for positive peer networks; (3) educate families about the importance of the 9th-grade transition; and (4) create opportunities for 9th graders to take part in multiple activities and programs such as cultural and social-skill enrichment, mentoring and access to technology to help “over-determine” success. (Robert Cooper and Suzanne Markoe-Hayes, University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity, September 2005)...

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