December 12, 2012
Policy Briefing Recap: Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Middle School Students
From left to right: Eduardo Mora, Michael Selkis, Calvin Hastings
On December 5, 2012, CCC held a Policy Briefing, “Keeping Middle School Students on Track for High School Graduation,” which brought together educators, parents and advocates to learn about the strategies being used to identify struggling middle school students and the successful interventions helping these students stay on track for graduation.
The middle school years are critical to children’s academic achievement, as they lay the foundation for high school success or alternatively, can be the years when students begin to disengage from school, putting them at risk for dropping out.
The Policy Briefing illustrated how school leaders can use data and youth engagement strategies to both better support individual students and bolster school-wide practices that generate positive student outcomes.
To learn more about Dr. Balfanz’s research on early warning indicators among middle school students, read this brief (pdf) from the National Middle School Association.
Watch this video clip from the PBS series, “Frontline” to learn more about MS 244’s work to identify at-risk middle school students and provide them with the interventions needed to keep them on track.