South Carolina’s White Knoll Middle
School (WKMS), a suburban school, joined the
network in 2005 and has made substantial gains in student
achievement over the past three years. On the 2008 Middle Grades
Assessment (MGA), reading scores remained stable, but the
percentages of students scoring at the Proficient and Advanced
levels rose from 32 percent to 41 percent.
Denton Middle School in Mobile, Alabama, lacked a winning
formula when it joined the MMGW network in 2007-2008. All four
administrators, the counselor and two-thirds of the faculty were
new to the school.
This article describes best practices in summer transition
programs, identified through more than 10 years work looking at
how to improve transitions from middle grades to high school.
Observations are based on a range of school and district efforts
to use the summer to get more students ready for challenging high
school studies in grade nine, and have resulted in the
identification of several critical actions necessary for success.