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Accelerated Middle Schools
Dropout Prevention

Accelerated middle schools were found to have potentially positive effects on staying in school and positive effects on progressing in school.

Accelerated middle schools are self-contained academic programs designed to help middle school students who are behind grade level catch up with their peers. The program aims to ensure students stay in school and graduate by encouraging them to begin high school with other students their age. The programs serve students who are one to two years behind grade level, giving students the opportunity to cover an additional year of curriculum over 1–2 years in the program. Accelerated middle schools can be structured as separate schools or as schools within a traditional middle school.

Findings

3
studies that met standards out of
3
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Progressing in school Positive effects 6-8
 
 
35
Staying in school Positive effects 6-8
 
 
18

Last Updated: July 2008

Race

Black
70%
White
13%
Other
4%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
12%
Not Hispanic
87%

Gender

Male: 55%
Female: 44%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
School

Urbanicity

Urban

Locations

NJ, MI, GA
Midwest, Northeast, South


Related Resources

This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

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