January 2007

A report highlighting inequities in curriculum offerings and teacher quality between high- and low-performing middle-grade schools in NYC. The report concludes that these inequities contribute to the failure of many middle-grade schools to prepare their students for the rigors of high school and beyond. This report was written for the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ) by the Community Involvement Program of the Annenberg Institute. The Coalition is made up of the members of three community-based collaboratives -- Community Collaborative to Improve Bronx Schools, Brooklyn Education Collaborative, Brooklyn-Queens 4 Education Collaborative -- working to reform education in New York City. The report was developed as part of the Coalition's citywide campaign to transform the city's middle-grade schools into platforms for academic success for all students.