Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College offers a comprehensive guide to High Schools That Work and SREB’s related school improvement services.
For more than 30 years, SREB has partnered with states, districts and schools to identify and implement strategies that engage and empower 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 learners.
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.