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Moving Education Forward





Business &

Community Toolkit

Student & Counselor




Middle level matters because

high school counts!



Middle level matters because

high school counts!

Did you know?

  • 80% of 6th graders who fail in one of four areas have less than an 80% chance of graduating high school? Do you know what those four are?

  • 50% of all 8th graders who drop out fail mathematics, English or attend less than 80% of the time.

  • Failing to succeed in middle grades is a major risk factor for involvement with the juvenile justice system and teenage pregnancy.

Did you know?

  • Middle level teachers with common planning times had the highest levels of effective team and classroom practices?

  • Research reports a combination of academic focus and supportive relationships fosters higher achievement?

  • What happens at the middle level significantly impacts high school graduation rates.

  • Find the answers at: www.ode.state.or.us/go/real

Middle Level Practices Matter!

Let us help you find:

A short video on adolescent development.

Research that supports common planning time as one factor in academic achievement.

The latest in integrating technological tools to engage students.

Structures to support positive behavior.

Examples of Personalized Education Plan (PEP).

Standards, assessments, and best practices for math.

The four defining Schools to Watch strands that make up a school’s self assessment rubric.

Academic Excellence


Developmental Responsiveness


Social Equity


Organizational Support and Process

“Building blocks to high performing

middle schools, necessary for student

success through high school

and beyond.”

- Dr. Robert Balfanz, Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

“Resources developed to ensure

successful implementation

of the new diploma.”

- Dr. Robert Balfanz, Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Links on the website:

Elementary Education

 Connect to elementary links

Middle Level Framework

 Philosophical framework for educating Oregon's 10-15 year olds

Middle Level & the Oregon Diploma

 Preparing 8th graders to meet higher standards for Oregon's high school diploma

Diploma Requirements

 Connect to high school links

K-12 Standards

 What's essential for 6th, 7th & 8th graders to be as successful as 9th graders and throughout high school

Links on the website:

Essential Skills

 Standards and rubrics to guide planning

Personal Learning

 Personalized Education Plan (PEP) used in middle schools across Oregon

Tools and Resources

 Links to research, resources, and services that support middle level educators and learners

Organizations Supporting Middle Level

 National, regional, and state organizations and associations

Organizations Supporting ML

National Middle School Association


Oregon Diploma


Oregon Middle Level Association


Schools To Watch


The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics


Special Thanks To…

Chris Brantley, OMLA

Jan Burgess, NMSA

Colin Cameron, COSA

Micki Caskey, PSU

Suzanne Dalton, COSA

Jane Evans, North Albany MS

Phyllis Gile, ODE

Michelle Hooper, ODE

Sue Hukari, Hood River MS

Noel Hygelund, Carus Elementary

Jana Iverson, Nyssa MS

Carol Larson, Willamette ESD

Pete Lorain, OMLA/NMSA

Jill O’Neill, Meadow Park MS

Steve Nelson, Leslie MS

Sue Parton, ODE

Bill Rhoades, Bend LaPine SD 1

Joe Sebastian, Akerman MS

Debbie Sembar-Renard, Willamette University

Derrick Sullivan, COSA

Amy Tiger, McLoughlin MS