The foundation for high school graduation, post-secondary education and training, and career success is constructed in our elementary and middle schools. There, children learn reading, writing, math and other skills that are critical for success.

Studies show that students who read at or above grade level at the end of third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to attend college. Students who do well in math in middle school are more likely to succeed in more advanced high school math classes. And those advanced math classes open the door to high-paying STEM fields in college and beyond.

Support outside the classroom is also essential for student success. Church youth groups, Scout troops, athletics and other community resources nurture children as they enter their teen years.

Alamance Achieves will track two core indicators for this goal:

  • Third-grade reading and math EOG scores. Getting a firm foundation in basic reading and math skills is essential for more advanced learning in middle school and beyond.
  • Eighth-grade reading and math EOG scores. As students leave middle school and enter high school, their success depends on how well prepared they are for the more rigorous high school curriculum.

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Alamance Achieves will also collect data on other factors that contribute to the success of children in school. These include:

  • School attendance
  • Enrollment in after school programs
  • Language proficiency
  • Parental engagement
  • Free and reduced lunch