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Keep Fifth Grade in The Elementary school

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To all Moon Township Parents of Elementary School Children,

Moon Area School District is planning on moving fifth grade students into the middle school slotted to take place by 2012.

Please sign this petition to keep 5th grade in the elementary school.

Data Research recommending that 5th grade should remain in elementary school.

Terry Sanford institute of Public Policy/ Duke University, 2007 article titled;

Should sixth grade be in Elementary or Middle School? An analysis of grade Configuration and Student Behavior.

 “Our results complement the recent finding that school systems that move sixth grade from elementary to middle school experience a 1-3 percent decline in on-time graduation rates (Bedard & Do 2005). We conclude that placing sixth grade in middle school increases behavior problems and reduces academic performance, both in sixth grade and subsequently. It is entirely plausible that these effects could have the effect for some students of leading to retention in grade or dropout. Together these findings cast serious doubt on the wisdom of the historic nationwide shift to the middle school format.”

You can read the complete article, http://sanford.duke.edu/research/papers/SAN07-01.pdf


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