You are uniquely positioned to provide the much-needed information integral to the success of this
comprehensive study of students as they enter and move through the middle grades. The study’s success
hinges on being able to provide crucial national information on these students’ learning and contexts for
development. Your participation will help ensure the study captures the diverse and unique experiences of
students as they progress across the middle grade years.
Schools provide essential information on contexts for learning.
Teachers (mathematics teachers and special education teachers/providers) have the
opportunity to provide crucial information about instructional practices, planning, classroom characteristics, classroom climate, as well as
individualized information about their students in the study in terms of social skills, classroom behaviors, and
Parents contribute vital information on the home learning environment, students’ school experiences, their
own involvement in their child’s learning, and characteristics about the household.
Students will have the opportunity to let us know about their school experiences, activities, and their
educational aspirations. To contribute to the understanding of learning and development across the middle
grade years, the study also collects invaluable information about students’ reading, math, and executive
function, which includes skills that help them organize and act on information.