Florida H.B. 7087 (2006a), otherwise known as A++ legislation, was created and adopted as a means to increase the rigor and relevance of a public school education, specifically at the middle school and high school levels. The anticipated result of the implementation of this bill was to better prepare middle school students for high school and thereby increase high school student performance and decrease the dropout rate. However, in increasing the promotion standards for middle grade students, interpretation and implementation have created additional barriers to grade level advancement. As a result, the possibility now exists for more students and especially those already at-risk of failure will be subject to higher retention rates. This may place them further at-risk of poor academic performance and of potentially dropping out of school, an opposite effect of the intent of the bill. This study was designed to evaluate the impact of the revised policies on middle school students.
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/08, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle School education, Education Policy, Educational psychology|
|Keywords:||Achievement, Dropout, Florida, Middle school, Pupil progression, Social promotion|
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