8:38 am July 2, 2009, by Laura Diamond
Georgia was one of several states cited in a new report for having low math and reading standards in middle school.
The study from the Southern Regional Education Board — a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that advocates for education in Georgia and 15 other states – says weak standards fail to prepare students for the rigor of high school.
While schools and states have succeeded in boosting student achievement in elementary school, many studies and experts say problems develop when kids enter middle school.
Where do you see these gaps? Take reading. In Georgia, 88 percent of students passed the CRCT in 2007 but only 70 percent passed that year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress.
In math, the study noted students across the country are being pushed to learn algebra and other advanced lessons before they’ve mastered basic skills.
Georgia has introduced new math standards requiring middle school students to learn algebra and other topics previously taught in high school.
Why do you think Georgia and other states struggle with student achievement in middle school? How do we improve our middle schools?
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