The School Administrator

SA Cover March 2005

March 2005ReconfigurationK-8 schools gain in popularity among grade-span mixes


  • The Rise of the ‘Elemiddle’ School

    by David L. Hough

    Not every K-8 school genuinely applies best middle-level practices and deserves the new designation that’s coming into vogue.

    Similar Reading: A Cautious Opening Move and Additional Resources

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  • Figuring and Reconfiguring Grade Spans

    by Kimberly Reeves

    Variations on grade spans in schools typically are the result of enrollment gains and losses and space needs — and less frequently are driven by academic rationale. K-8 schools are among the biggest gainers over the past decade.

    Similar Reading: District Examples of Grade-Level Configurations

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  • The Slowdown of the Multiage Classroom

    by Priscilla Pardini

    Once a popular approach to instruction, the use of multiage groupings has fallen victim to demands of No Child Left Behind, especially grade-level testing.

    Similar Reading: Our Long, Winding Road to Multiage Classrooms and Additional Resources: Feature Story

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  • The Cultural Maelstrom of School Change

    by Patricia Lennon and David Middlemas

    Ultimately, the board-superintendent nexus allowed a multiage program to survive a hostile environment … until recently.

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  • The Ninth-Grade Bottleneck

    by Anne Wheelock and Jing Miao

    An enrollment bulge in a transition year that demands careful attention and action, especially for Latino and African American students, if graduation rates are to improve.

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    Robert L. Gross by Jay P. Goldman

    Bob Gross left his home state of North Dakota for the first time as a college graduate. Now he heads a high-flying school for American students in Singapore.

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    Punchback: Answering Critics

    ‘Failing’ Schools or Insensitive Tests? by W. James Popham

    Because of No Child Left Behind, many schools now are regarded as failing, although such negative appraisals, which are often based on faulty exams, are more

    Leadership: Choosing and Using a Statistical Consultant by Gary M. Ingersoll

    The most common and preventable mistake: Bringing in a consultant late to the process and asking the person to make sense of data that were not gathered with a more
    Guest Columns

    A Civic Mission To Do What’s Right by William J. Cirone

    A superintendent who serves as the incoming chair of the National Center for Learning and Citizenship on finding tangible ways to nurture the values of democracy in more


    News of the comings and goings of several dozen AASA members. The Sidelight falls on the superintendent in Beloit, Wis., who competes nationally in the martial more
    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    What Comprises an Award-Winning Board? by Stephen L. Kleinsmith

    In Nixa, Mo., the superintendent helps to maintain a culture of high expectations for board service, contributing to a governing culture that others more
    President’s Corner

    The Test-Taking Time of Year by Don Kussmaul president, AASA

    Tests and testing during the next couple of months may overshadow the joy of learning, yet we should take time to enjoy what those assessments tell us: Public schools are doing a good more
    Executive Perspective

    Seeing the Forest and the Trees by Paul D. Houston, executive director, AASA

    AASA’s executive director draws parallels between the unique perspective he gained of the Amazon rain forest and the perilous balance one must maintain during the journey to see the great more