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  • Stuck in the Middle: The Problem of Overage Middle School Students in New York City

    This report profiles a diverse cross-section of over-age middle school students, identifies promising practices for addressing the problem, and provides detailed recommendations to the DOE.

    Jul 1, 2008

    Teenage girl looking off to the side.

    In recent years, community-based providers and school officials that serve students in the public school system have noticed a disturbing number of sixteen-year-old seventh graders or seventeen-year-old eighth graders who are appearing (or staying) in middle schools across the city. The New York City Department of Education (DOE) does not make data on overage middle schoolers publicly available, but educators and advocates working in this field have evidence that the population is substantial. In nine middle schools in the Bronx that serve a combined student population of over 6,000 students, 26% of the students are overage.

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