November 13, 2012 – David R. Johnson
In neighbourhoods with falling student populations, policymakers should place a priority on closing middle schools and avoid opening new ones elsewhere, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Are Middle Schools Good for Student Academic Achievement? Evidence from Ontario,” author David R. Johnson shows that middle school attendance increases the chance that students will fail provincially administered achievement tests, compared to similar students who stay in the same school through Grade 8.
For the report go to: http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/e-brief_141.pdf
For an appendix presenting details of the author’s methodology for measuring the association between students’ pass rates on secondary school assessments and the paths they take from elementary school to secondary school, go to: http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/e-brief_141_appendix.pdf