This article provides information on a research project involving 7th graders at 1000 California middle schools asking the students to report on various aspects of school climate. These included feelings of safety and connection, caring relationships with adults, meaningful student participation, and low rates of bullying, drug use, delinquency and discrimination at school. The results of the study make the connection with positive climate and student achievement.Source:
Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, February 3, 2017Description:
The onset of adolescence can play havoc with students’ academic performance, as heightened social pressures, bullying and a changing sense of self-identity make it harder for kids to focus on a book report or math homework. Yet a strong, positive school climate may help counter that upheaval, suggests a new study of California middle school students. Researchers from the Regional Educational Lab West found that 7th graders’ math and reading scores rose and fell over time with their belief that their schools had a welcoming climate.Read the full article here!