WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva reintroduced the Success in the Middle Act alongside a resolution designating March as Middle Level Education Month. The bill provides targeted grants to States and districts to create comprehensive school-wide action plans, develop rigorous curriculum, provide professional development for school personnel, and implement evidence-based student supports for middle grade students. The legislation aims to improve the education of middle grade students in low-performing schools to prepare them for success in high school, postsecondary institutions, and beyond.
“Research shows that middle grade education is critical to ensuring future success,” said Rep. Grijalva. “Historic budget cuts have left major funding holes in middle grade budgets that negatively impact educational outcomes for students. As we look at school budgets after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, we have the opportunity to make real investments in the long-term success of our students. That can begin with the Success in the Middle Act.”
The Success in the Middle Act is endorsed by the Alliance for Excellence in Education, Association for Middle Level Education, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
“As the leading voice for middle level and high school leaders, NASSP was pleased to work with Congressman Grijalva once again on reintroduction of Success in the Middle Act,” said National Association of Secondary School Principals CEO Ronn Nozoe. “We’re just now beginning to understanding the huge impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on teaching and learning. This bill will help school leaders identify those students in grades 5-8 who are most at risk for not graduating on time and help ensure they have the academic and wellness supports needed to succeed.”
“AMLE whole-heartedly celebrates March as National Middle Level Month, and supports the Success in the Middle bill introduced by Rep. Grijalva. Middle school represent one of the most consequential time periods in a child’s education, a reality implied in the phrases “turning points” and “the last best chance.” Yet the middle grades remain among the most under-funded and under-addressed. We believe the every young adolescent has the capacity to learn, grow, and develop into knowledgeable, reflective, caring, ethical, and contributing citizens. AMLE applauds the vision of this bill to help schools reach every student and realize their potential,” said Association for Middle Level Education CEO Stephanie Simpson.