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A study was conducted to determine the impact of overage middle school students on middle schools. Four groups of educators were surveyed to determine their perceptions of the impact of overage middle school students. Questionnaires were returned by 183 teachers, 44 counselors, 24 principals, and 7 central office staff members, all of whom had substantial experience in middle schools. Teachers reported that overage students have a negative impact on social interactions, classroom management, instruction, and other students. Teachers also perceived that they needed assistance to provide effective instruction for these students. Counselors reported negative impacts on social interactions and on younger students. Principals noted impacts on discipline, test scores, student attitudes, and summer school programs. Central office administrators reported negative effects on budgeting, instruction, test scores, student attitudes, peer relations, school climate, discipline, programs, staffing, and summer school. (Contains two tables and three bar charts.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Administrators, Age Differences, Classroom Techniques, Educational Environment, Elementary School Teachers, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Peer Relationship, Questionnaires, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Summer Programs

Author: Reed, Daisy


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