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The Forgotten Middle school: : Ensuring Students are on Target for College and Career Readiness by High School

academics boost future planning middle school Sep 26, 2021
The process of preparing students to make successful transitions from middle school to high school is just as important as the process of preparing them to make successful transitions from high school to postsecondary education. Obstacles to college and career readiness must be met head on. We can take the steps necessary to ensure that every student learns the essential skills necessary to handle the rigorous high school coursework that prepares them for college and career. Let’s make these skills nonnegotiable minimum standards for all K–8 students. They deserve it.
​Highlights:
  • Eighth-Grade Academic Achievement Is the Best Predictor of College and Career Readiness by High School Graduation
  • Improvement in Eighth-Grade Academic Achievement and Being on Target for College and Career Readiness in Eighth Grade Are More Beneficial Than Any High School–Level Academic Enhancement
  • Being on Target for College and Career Readiness in Eighth Grade Puts Students on a Trajectory for Success
  • Improving Certain Behaviors of Middle School Students—Particularly Academic Discipline—Can Help Improve Students’ Readiness for College and Career
​https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/ForgottenMiddleSummary.pdf