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Middle Level Strategies for School Improvement

The purpose of this study was to identify middle level schools in Washington state that had performed well on the WASL from 1998 to 2000 and to investigate strategies they employed that may have been linked to their success.

An analysis was made of middle schools in Washington to identify a group of schools with high or improving scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) when compared to other schools with similar student demographics and school characteristics.   Task force members reviewed the set of schools identified, and a sample of the schools was selected for participation in this study based on test scores and improvements in test scores, student demographics, regional representation, school size, and district size. 

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PART I (2.49MB) Cover
Note from the Chair i
Acknowledgments ii
Participating Schools iii
Table of Contents
Executive Summary 1-3
Introduction 5-6
PART II (6.16MB) Literature Review 7-11
PART III (11.2MB) Literature Review 12-17
PART IV (13.3MB) Summary of Findings 19-26
PART V (145KB) Featured Schools: Profiles and Vignettes 27-73
PART VI (52.8KB) Appendices 75-99


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