Are middle schools being overlooked?
Public officials and educators have focused on the need for all high school students to graduate prepared for college or a career. Although the discussion has been intense over the past year about turning around the country's lowest-performing high schools, or dropout factories, no comparable buzz surrounds low-performing middle schools. With the president's budget proposal calling for college- and career-ready standards in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act, the importance of this conversation is heightened.
What reforms are needed at the middle-school level to ensure the success of college- and career-ready standards?