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Middle Level Education in Maine - Resources


Research that Supports Bright Futures

Middle School Is Not A Building: Educating Vermont's Young Adolescents for the 21st Century

This document is designed to inform and guide all stakeholders dedicated to make education relevant and successful for all of Vermont’s 10-14 year olds.  Based on Vermont and national data, Vermont’s Middle Grades Task Force created ten research-based goals to support the educational needs of young adolescents. Clearly aligned with the concepts embodied in the department's Transformation of Education efforts and inspired by “High Schools on the Move”, this document provides a roadmap that can be immediately helpful to educators at all levels.

Click here to view the Vermont report.


Just for the Kids - New York

This study consisted of 16 New York schools: 10 consistently higher-performing schools compared with six schools serving similar populations but achieving only average results. Poverty levels in at least half of the higher-performing schools met or exceeded the state’s average. Per pupil expenditures were close to the state average, and the schools represented a variety of sizes, communities, geographic regions and student populations. In this way, the study was able to look at schools that achieve, based on more than just resources and demographics.

Click here to view the New York report.


Balfanz Report

Research and field work illuminate key policy and practice implications of the role the middle grades play in achieving our national goal of graduating all students from high school prepared for college, career, and civic life.

Click here to view the full report. (PDF)

Click here for the Executive Summary. (PDF)


This We Believe: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents (NMSA)

Turning Points 2000 (Carnegie Corporation)

Breaking Ranks in the Middle (NASSP)

The Forgotten Middle (ACT) Click here to view. (PDF)



Middle Level Philosophy & Current Trends




Heterogeneous Grouping








The Maine Learning Technology Initiative

For a complete listing of Professional Development Opportunities through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), please visit




Updated 11/17/10 - pb


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