Middle School Entry Year and Student Behavior
5/30/2007

Although junior high school was originally instituted as a bridge between elementary school and high school, the structure of the institution has varied, with configurations that span grades 7-8; grades 7-9; or grades 5 or 6-8. The ideal arrangement for grade structures in middle schools is unclear, and some educators have questioned expanding the 7-8 model to include the 6th grade. The latest "ResearchBrief" highlights a study that examines the effect of entering middle school in the 6th grade have on students' behavior. ResearchBrief

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