In discussions leading to the location of fifth graders relative to the proposed bond issue, it is relevant for the committee to review research related to transitioning to middle school.

Transitions into both middle school and high school cause drops in student achievement, but are far larger for students entering middle school. Achievement in math and science for both urban and rural schools drops dramatically when students enter middle school, even at 6th grade entry.

Superior performance is seen for students transitioning from K-8 schools. Of course, Pittsburg does not follow the K-8 model, but I believe the best we can do is allow fifth graders to finish their year in an elementary setting. As stated in the Morning Sun, this would require renovating or adding space at the elementary schools.

Carolyn Fehrenbach