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Should Sixth Grade Be in Elementary or Middle School? An Analysis of Grade Configuration and Student Behavior


Philip J. Cook


Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy; Duke University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Robert MacCoun


University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program; University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

Clara Muschkin


Duke University - Center for Child and Family Policy

Jacob L. Vigdor


Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy; Duke University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

August 2006

NBER Working Paper No. w12471

Abstract:     
Using administrative data on public school students in North Carolina, we find that sixth grade students attending middle schools are much more likely to be cited for discipline problems than those attending elementary school. That difference remains after adjusting for the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the students and their schools. Furthermore, the higher infraction rates recorded by sixth graders who are placed in middle school persist at least through ninth grade. A plausible explanation is that sixth graders are at an especially impressionable age; in middle school, the exposure to older peers and the relative freedom from supervision have deleterious consequences.

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Date posted: September 14, 2006  

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Cook, Philip J. and MacCoun, Robert and Muschkin, Clara and Vigdor, Jacob L., Should Sixth Grade Be in Elementary or Middle School? An Analysis of Grade Configuration and Student Behavior (August 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12471. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=926050

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Philip J. Cook (Contact Author)
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy ( email )
Box 90312
Durham, NC 27708
United States
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Duke University - Department of Economics
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Robert MacCoun
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )
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Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
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University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program ( email )
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
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University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy ( email )
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Berkeley, CA 94720-7320
United States
510-642-7518 (Phone)
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Clara Muschkin
Duke University - Center for Child and Family Policy ( email )
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States
Jacob L. Vigdor
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy ( email )
Box 90312
Durham, NC 27708
United States
919-613-7354 (Phone)
Duke University - Department of Economics
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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