Civic Marshall Plan Planks

Plank 4: The Middle Grades

In high-poverty schools, in particular, the middle grades can either put students on a path to college and careers or steer them to dropping out. For students in these schools, early intervention is easier—and more cost-effective—than waiting until high school.1  District, state, and federal policies should strengthen the structures, norms, and processes for continuous improvement within these grades while increasing academic rigor. Evidence-based practices, including those championed by Middle School Matters, should be scaled. These practices include strengthening middle grades reading, writing, and mathematics research-based practices; increasing student social supports; and building cultures of success within the middle grades.2

  1.  George W. Bush Presidential Center. Middle School Matters. 

  2. America’s Promise Alliance. Every Child Every Promise. Retrieved January 25, 2013, from 

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