Dr. William Alexander gives a speech at Cornell University during a junior high conference in favor of creating a new school in the middle that would better suit young adolescent needs.
The National Middle School Association is created.
Demands for more research concerning the middle school and the emergence of an international focus.
Expansion of Middle Schools
The number of middle schools across the United States continues to steadily increase.
Preparation of Middle School Teachers
The National Middle School Association publishes a position paper on the preparation of middle school teachers.
This We Believe
The National Middle School Association publishes the first edition of This We Believe, the official position statement of the organization.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York issues Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st century.
Rise of the Middle School
More than 80% of young adolescents attend middle schools.
Schools to Watch Initiative
The Schools to Watch initiative is launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in order to identify high performing schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, and socially equitable.
No Child Left Behind Act
The No Child Left Behind Act is established and many are quick to point out flaws of the middle school movement. The response was a call for more research-based practices.