Students who start below grade level in 8th grade have just a 1 in 4 chance of catching up by 12th grade. Eighth graders who score significantly below grade level have just a 1 in 10 chance of catching up in reading and a 1 in 30 chance of catching up in math.
Struggling students face considerable and diverse barriers to success. Students struggle with grade-level instruction for a wide range of reasons, but particularly because they are below-proficient readers, English language learners, and/or students with learning gaps.
This Special Report examines the challenges of supporting struggling students and key takeaways to help students find grade-level success.