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The Effects of School-wide Positive Behavior Support on Middle School Climate and Student Outcomes

Association for Middle Level Education, 2011. (web resource)

This study investigated the effects of school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) on middle school climate and student outcomes. Data consisted of more than 300 teacher responses and 10,000 student responses in two middle schools in the western United States. The SWPBS intervention included school-wide teaching of social skills, praise notes from teachers to students, posting of school rules, proactive screening for students at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders, and referrals of at-risk students for targeted interventions. The treatment school showed statistically significant improvements in teacher ratings of school climate, while the control school tended to stay the same or worsen.

How We Treat One Another in School

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2007. (web article)

A survey of middle school students' experiences with bullying shows that kids want the adults in school to pay attention and keep them safe.

The Progress of Education Reform – Middle Grades

Education Commission of the States, 2009. (PDF 6 pgs.)

The middle grades are in crisis. By state and national measures, student achievement gains realized in the elementary grades all too often diminish by grade 8. This issue of The Progress of Education Reform highlights key findings from recent research and publications on improving student success in the middle grades—and identifies actions states can take to translate these findings into sound policy.

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