C&I

Curriculum and Instruction

Benchmarks in the History of Middle-Level Education in New York State

1983: Preparation of the "Resource Monograph on Grade-Level Reorganization."

1984: Preparation of the "Resource Monograph on Middle-Grade Students."

1984: Approval of the Regents Action Plan to Improve Elementary and Secondary Results in New York State.

1984: Preparation of the "Resource Monograph on the Middle Grades."

1989: Adoption of the Original Regents Policy Statement on Middle-Level Education.

1989: Creation of the State Education Department’s Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education.

1989: Formation of the Statewide Network of Middle-Level Education Liaisons.

1989: Establishment of the Regents Challenge for Excellence in Middle-Level Education Program.

Early 1990s:  Participation in the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Middle Grade School State Policy Initiative to implement the recommendations contained in its TURNING POINTS publication.

1992: Preparation of Volume One of "Promising Programs and Practices in Middle-Level Education."

1993: Preparation of the "Interschool Visitation Guide: Questions to Consider."

1995: Preparation of the Publication, "Implementing Middle-Level Education in Small Rural Schools."

1995: Preparation of Publication, "Scheduling a Middle-Level School."

1996: Preparation of the Publication, "Developing a Mission Statement for a Middle-Level School."

1996: Development of the State’s 28 Intermediate Learning Standards and, Subsequently, the Intermediate Assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.

1996: Preparation of Volume Two of "Promising Programs and Practices in Middle-Level Education."

1997: Development of a Six-Day, Professional Learning Program for Practicing and Prospective Middle-Level Educators: the Middle-Level Education Academy.

1997: Development of a Middle-Level Review Protocol to Be Used to Help Middle-Level Schools Determine the Degree to Which They Are Implementing the Regents Policy Statement on Middle-Level Education (and, Later, the Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle-Level Schools and Programs).

2000: Preparation of the Original Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle-Level Schools and Programs.

2000: Approval of the Middle Childhood (Grades 5-9) Generalist and Specialist Certification Titles.

2000: Completion of the First Research Study on the Relationship between the Degree of Implementation of the Essential Elements and Student Achievement.

2001: Completion of the Second Research Study on the Relationship between the Degree of Implementation of the Essential Elements and Student Achievement.

2001: Establishment of Middle-Level Education as a Priority of the Board of Regents and the State Education Department.

2002: Development of the Agenda to Improve Middle-Level Education in New York State.

2003: Revision of the Regents Policy Statement on Middle-Level Education.

2003: Revision of the Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle-Level Schools and Programs.

2003: Creation of the Statewide Network of Middle-Level Education Support Schools.

2004: Development of Rubrics for the Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle-Level Schools and Programs.

2004: Membership of New York State in the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform’s Schools-to-Watch Recognition Program.

2005: Approval by the Board of Regents of the Three-Model Strategy to Implement the Regents Policy Statement on Middle-Level Education.

2005: Amendment of Commissioner’s Regulations to Reflect the Three-Model Strategy to Implement the Regents Policy Statement on Middle-Level Education.

2005: Development of the Middle-Level Indicators of Achievement Checklists for the Non-Tested Content Areas.

2005: Preparation of Protocols for Using the Essential Elements and Their Rubrics to Support School Improvement and Middle-Level Reform.

2006: Identification of the First Cohort of Middle-Level Schools to Be Selected for New York State’s Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch (EE: STW) Recognition Program.

2006: Identification of the Middle-Level Schools that Prepared Successful Model B and Model C Application Proposals.

2006: Start of Grades 5-8 Testing in both English Language Arts and Mathematics as Mandated by NCLB.

2006: Start of a Statewide Longitudinal Research Study of the Three-Model Strategy and the Implementation of the Regents Policy Statement on Middle-Level Education.

Last Updated: May 14, 2009