Information Brief 2012-44

Collaboration Between Middle and High School Teachers

A Look at Higher Performing High Schools

A fall 2011 survey assessed practices that teachers and administrators at higher performing high schools believe make a difference in preparing students for college and career readiness.

The perceived importance of routine collaboration between high school and middle school teachers varied considerably across teachers’ subject areas. Math and special education teachers were more likely than ELA and social studies teachers to rate routine collaboration with staff from feeder middle schools as contributing a great deal.

Collaboration Between Middle and High School Teachers

High school teachers routinely collaborate with staff at our feeder middle school(s) to ensure common expectations for high school work.

Subject AreaIn AgreementResponding Contributes “a Great Deal”
English Language Arts38%20%
Social Studies35%5%
Special Education40%37%

Note: Data come from 272 educators from 63 high performing high schools across 25 states. Schools were selected based on students’ growth towards college and career readiness or based on improvement in average ACT scores over time.

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