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NCJ Number: 121842 Find in a Library
Title: Before It's Too Late: Dropout Prevention in the Middle Grades
Author(s): A Wheelock; G Dorman
Corporate Author: Massachusetts Advocacy Ctr
United States of America

Center for Early Adolescence
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 87
Sponsoring Agency: Center for Early Adolescence
Carrboro, NC 27510
Massachusetts Advocacy Ctr
Boston, MA 02110
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information from literature on school reform, dropouts, effective schools, and successful practices in the middle grades forms the basis of this discussion and its recommendations regarding how to organize schools for the middle grades to enhance student success and prevent dropping out.
Abstract: The analysis rests on the view that policies and practices that are hazardous to young adolescents' social and emotional growth and that undermine their ability to learn will place all students at risk. In contrast, when harmful practices are reformed and when features of successful schools are introduced, such schools can increase their holding power for students at risk and, by extension, for all students. The analysis focuses on curriculum and instruction, school size, teacher organization, scheduling, alternatives to retention in grade, alternatives to sorting and tracking practices, positive choices to improve student attendance, ways to improve school climate, alternatives to suspension, and issues regarding minority students. The recommendations emphasize the need for efforts by all segments of the school community at the school building level. Tables, appended checklist for dropout prevention, and chapter reference lists.
Main Term(s): Elementary school education
Index Term(s): Children at risk; School dropouts
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