An examination of the effects of comprehensive middle school reform on student achievement

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of particular middle school reform on student achievement. The study examined how program changes designed to overcome barriers to student achievement impacted student scores on the California Standards Assessment. Specifically this study focused on program changes in professional development, parent involvement, school climate, and the addition of two remedial programs in math and reading. The hypothesis researched was based on the belief that implementing research-based program changes would positively affect student achievement. Data was collected via surveys and interviews from student participants and staff members as well as field notes from observations. The results indicated little impact on student achievement after two years of implementation. Results further revealed examining many factors makes it difficult to determine specific effects of changes to student achievement. Keywords: middle school reform, student achievement