Not long ago, I had an interesting conversation with a director of federal programs
for a metro school district.
We were having a conversation about math programs. The director told me that
they buy a lot of programs that sit on the shelf. Either they are never used at all or
they aren't used to fidelity.
If a district or school has invested in a program, it's important to make sure it is
used well. Then the administrators can judge whether it actually works for their students.
The United Way published a good article that talks about ways to help students
in the middle grades. One of the main points of the article is that students who have caring adults involved in their education have a better chance of success.