Success in the Middle Act (112th)
Date of Introduction: April 14, 2011
Sponsor(s): Whitehouse (D-RI)
Co-Sponsor(s): Akaka (D-HI), Brown (D-OH), Franken (D-MN), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Reed (D-RI), Stabenow (D-MI)
House Bill Number: H.R. 1547
Date of Introduction: May 20, 2011
Sponsor(s): Grijalva (D-RI)
Co-Sponsor(s): Cicilline (D-RI), Davis (D-IL), Fattah (D-PA), Hinojosa (D-TX), Holt (D-NJ), Jackson (D-IL), Langevin (D-RI), McCollum (D-MN), Payne (D-NJ), Polis (D-CO), Richardson (D-CA), Scott (D-VA)
The Success in the Middle Act is the first school improvement bill specifically directed at the middle grades. This legislation would authorize $100 million a year in formula grants for states to improve low-performing schools that contain middle grades. It would require states that receive grants to develop early-warning data systems to identify students who are most at risk of dropping out and intervene to help them succeed. Interventions could include extended-learning time and personal graduation plans that enable all students to stay on the path to graduation.
To learn more about ESCA, read the bill summary.