Recently there have been comments concerning the middle school model as it exists in the Tacoma Public Schools. In the 1980s, I served on the ad hoc committee that looked into making changes and many models were investigated.
The primary reason for changing was to implement a four-year high school plan that would make a better curriculum focus or flow for students. In adopting this plan, the complexion of the junior high schools would be affected.
One of the complaints then was having seventh graders with ninth-graders, not a good meld of ages. Very interestingly, this is the same complaint …