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Successful Urban Middle Schools in Georgia: Strategies, Programs, and Best Practices
by Griffin, Kimberly M., Ed.D., Piedmont College, 2011, 121; 3512928
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the characteristics of 22 successful urban middle schools in the state of Georgia that made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive years, 2007-2010. An Administrator's Questionnaire was developed to survey administrators of successful urban middle schools. The purpose was to identify strategies and programs successful urban middle school administrators utilized in achieving AYP, which were considered best practices by the National Middle School Association (NMSA). Secondly, the researcher attempted to identify other strategies and programs administrators used in their schools to achieve success. Finally, the researcher asked administrators to identify organizational structures used to sustain continued AYP success in their successful middle schools. The research design for this study was qualitative. The researcher developed an Administrators' Questionnaire regarding best practices of urban middle schools.

Results showed the majority of administrators used strategies and programs which were recommended as best practices by the NMSA, such as exploratory courses, guidance programs, common planning, professional development, and professional learning communities. However, a small percentage reported their staff participated in staff development about the urban and a positive school culture was reported by most. Additional strategies and programs reported by administrators were remediation classes in Language Arts and Mathematics, after school tutoring, and data analysis. The organizational structures reported by most administrators were 4 Person Teams, low teacher-student ratio, interdisciplinary teaming, and varied instruction/assessments. The results of this study may assist other middle level educators in the state of Georgia and in the southeast region.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Moody, K. Michael
Commitee: Greene, Paul, Jordan, Joan
School: Piedmont College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Georgia
Source: DAI-A 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, Educational administration
Keywords: AYP, Best practices, Middle school, Successful, Urban, Urban education
Publication Number: 3512928
ISBN: 978-1-267-42395-5
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