Jaime Sarrio reports on sixth grade academies across Georgia, that aid in "easing the transition into middle school" by sending them to a separate school for one year. Maureen Downey doesn't think it's worth it:

I have not seen persuasive data that any of these new configurations is a better model than what we now have. In fact, more convincing is the research that students lose ground in transition years, suggesting that we ought to minimize how many times kids move from one new school setting to another.

(Hat tip: Nikhil Swaminathan)

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