Does the transition to middle school affect learning?

Researchers at Columbia University found that New York City middle-school students scored, on average, 7 percentiles lower on standardized math exams than students who attend K-8 schools. The study attributed the gap to the students' transition from elementary to middle schools and a larger number of students in each grade. "What we found bolsters the case for middle-school reform," a co-author of the study said.

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