• California Department of Education's
    12 Recommendations
    for Middle Grades Success

    The California Department of Education’s (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success reflect research-based content and share promising middle grades practices employed by effective middle gradeseducators. As a whole, the Recommendations are a revision of those in the original Taking Center Stage book (2001). For each revised Recommendation, Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII) includes multimedia, online, and print resources that offer strategies for implementing the Recommendation. None of these strategies alone is sufficient to ensure success. Likewise, there is no “one size fits all” plan that schools can copy to achieve success. Instead, the Recommendations and strategies are an integral part of a comprehensive school vision and culture based on a belief that all young adolescents can achieve—and on a team commitment to doing “whatever it takes” to make that achievement happen.1

    Each of the 12 Recommendations falls under one of the four focus areas identified by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity, and Organizational Structures and Processes.