Elementary and middle school success

Overview

Children who perform well in 3rd grade reading and 8th grade math are more likely to graduate from high school, continue on to post-secondary education, and obtain high-quality employment. Developing healthy social-emotional skills and avoiding risky behaviors in adolescence are also strong predictors of future success.

Outcomes for elementary and middle school-aged children can be improved by education and health strategies but are also strongly influenced by factors like family stability and community supportiveness.

Evidence-based strategies

Academic and/or enrichment programming for children outside of school hours
K-12 education
Proven
Publicly funded, privately operated schools that seek to use greater autonomy to improve student outcomes
K-12 education
Proven
Hiring, training, and retaining effective and high-quality teachers and school leaders
K-12 education Post-secondary education and workforce development
Strong
Helping students build the skills they need to read and write at grade level
K-12 education
Proven
Helping K-12 students develop math skills, knowledge, and problem-solving abilities
K-12 education
Proven
Creating safe, productive school and classroom environments for all students
K-12 education
Proven
Positioning students to be physically and emotionally ready to learn
K-12 education Health and well-being
Proven
Academic and enrichment programming to help students prepare for the next school year
K-12 education
Proven