5 Key Findings for Middle Grades from Looking Forward to High School and College Study

We often hear that preparation for college and careers begins when students are young. Yet, it can be difficult for middle grade educators to know how best to prepare these students for future success. Middle grade practitioners need to know what to pay attention to and who needs additional support. Without knowing how to identify students who are on-track for high school or college graduation in the middle grades, it can be difficult to set appropriate performance goals, or intervene when students struggle.

The study Looking Forward to High School and College: Middle Grade Indicators of Readiness in Chicago Public Schools shows how students’ middle grade (grades five through eight) performance can be used to determine students’ likelihood of graduating from high school and leaving high school with a strong probability of success in college. This brief summarizes a few key findings relevant for schools serving students in the middle grades.

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Smart Track College Funding

The PTSA and Gifted/College departments are pleased to bring SOCES families a free new resource called The Smart Track College Funding Toolkit to help you better prepare for the college funding and financial aid process.  If you have a college-bound 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grader and are concerned about how best to pay for college, and want to pay less, don’t miss this critical parent workshop.  Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 in Glenn Hall.

Visit the Smart Track site if you’d like to register for the service before the event.


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