The Successful Middle SchoolTM Assessment

Get the information you need to improve your school and create an environment where your middle grades students can thrive.

Based on AMLE’s foundational text outlining best practice in the middle grades, The Successful Middle School Assessment is a flexible, data-driven tool that can be used by schools and districts to drive meaningful school improvement and guide impactful professional development strategies.

Using a survey instrument, the Assessment measures implementation of the characteristics of successful middle grades schools through a series of exemplars and is delivered in a comprehensive report that includes analysis, recommendations, and actionable next steps provided by an AMLE coach.


Step 1: Design your Experience.

The school/district team meets with their assigned AMLE coach to design their Assessment experience. You may choose to complete a study of The Successful Middle School: This We Believe prior to using the Assessment tool. This can be accomplished through a book study or completion of the Successful Middle School online course series, both of which are included with the Assessment and can be facilitated by your coach.


Step 2: Assess.

The school/district completes the Assessment, which requires approximately 35 minutes to complete. The tool is available in both English and Spanish. You can select which stakeholders to include in the Assessment experience with surveys specifically designed for each audience:

  • School staff
  • Students
  • Parents

Step 3: Process.

Your AMLE coach will meet with you to deliver the Assessment report. The comprehensive report includes detailed anonymized results, interpretations based on the Assessment data, areas of alignment and disconnect, and recommended next steps. You choose whether to receive your report virtually or on-site.


Step 4: Implement!

Use your data to map an impactful continuous improvement and professional development journey. You can choose to add coaching and professional development session to your Assessment package based on your school’s needs. Completion of the Successful Middle School Assessment is a prerequisite for schools wishing to apply for AMLE’s Schools of Distinction program. So the Assessment allows schools to both baseline their implementation of middle grades best practice, and take the first step toward being recognized for their commitment to the essential attributes and characteristics of The Successful Middle School: This We Believe.

Getting Started!

We know that each school community is unique. The Assessment is part of The Successful Middle School Program, designed to be a versatile and adaptable professional development resource to meet the needs of each school/district. Design the experience that works for you!

To learn more about AMLE’s Successful Middle School Assessment, meet with Katie Powell, AMLE’s Director for Middle Level Programs.