A Compelling Report from ACT: The Forgotten Middle

Winter 2009 | | April 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm

ACT, Inc., a partner of California GEAR UP, provides timely research on the importance of middle school academic preparation. The recent report, The Forgotten Middle presents compelling data indicating that students who are not on track for college and career readiness by eighth grade are not likely to attain that level of readiness by high school graduation. The report goes on to state that “Students who leave eighth grade without the essential skills they need too often leave high school not ready for any kind of meaningful future.” According to the research the level of academic achievement that students attain by eighth grade has a bigger impact on college and career preparedness than any single factor examined, including courses taken, grades earned in high school, or student testing behaviors.

The report provides examples of “Nonnegotiable Knowledge and Skills for Eighth-Grade Students to Be on Target for College and Career Readiness” with descriptions of these skills in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.

For a summary and the complete report, go to: www.act.org/research/policymakers/reports/ForgottenMiddle.html

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