Too many students graduate high school without the foundational
literacy and math skills needed to succeed in postsecondary
education and careers. This can change if students are exposed to
literacy and math practices that expose them to the types
of grade-level assignments that will advance their
achievement and prepare them for college and careers.
SREB offers professional development to teachers
in powerful literacy and math practices that produce
positive results. Read about survey results of more than 37,000
Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College offers a
guide to SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement process
and related services.
For more than 30 years, SREB has partnered with states, districts
and schools to identify and implement strategies that motivate
young people to put what they learn in the classroom to work in
the real world.
In this report, SREB compares schools in
the MMGW initiative that have more fully implemented
the MMGW research-based design with others that have
been defined as low-implementation schools. The report shows
clear differences in the achievement levels and academic success
of these two groups of schools. The report also shows that
dynamic, sustainable middle grades reform is far more likely to
occur when district leaders, principal leaders and teacher
leaders are all committed to the same improvement goals and means
of achieving them.
Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) expects schools to show
continuous progress in implementing classroom practices and
improving student achievement. This document helps verify
improvement in student achievement and determine if 85 percent of
students in all student groups are meeting
the MMGW Goals in reading, mathematics and science.
Based on more than two decades of SREB research and experience,
this book outlines the specific tools for building the major
characteristics — or habits of success — that all students need
in high school, postsecondary studies, advanced training and
careers. With creative teacher tools, lesson ideas and guidance
from educators with proven success in this effort, the book
offers schools and districts a comprehensive framework for
helping more students become independent, successful
SREB compares 10 middle grades schools that made significant
progress in improving reading, mathematics and science
achievement with 10 middle grades schools that failed to make
progress over a two-year period, in order to discern what actions
resulted in the greater improvement. The report identifies the 10
best practices from the most-improved middle grades schools.
This report highlights indicators that reveal a significant
relationship between students’ responses on the MMGW Student
Survey and their subsequent achievement in one or more content
areas. The data indicate students who experience high-quality
instructional practices and engage in challenging assignments
tend to score higher on state achievement exams in reading,
mathematics and science.