Pathway to Success

There are two pathways in life: 1) struggle and 2) success.

Of course, there are many variations and degrees of success or struggle. And there likely will be some struggles each student faces even if they are on the pathway to success.  We provide the information and tools to help families know if their children are on the pathway to success and what to do to enhance the chances of success. Meeting milestones on the pathway to success earlier is better than later. However, if a student is on the pathway to struggle, there are things a family can do to help jump onto a higher pathway.

Key milestones

Enter kindergarten prepared to succeed in school

3rd-grade reading proficiency

Achieve grade-level proficiency in each grade until graduation

Exit elementary school ready for middle school

Exit middle school ready for high school

Graduate high school ready for success in college, vocational school, or career

 

Enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school

There are many free resources online to help families know what schools typically expect students entering kindergarten to know and to be able to do. This includes behavioral and discipline skills. It is best to ask the school you intend for your child to attend for information on what they expect. You can also do an Internet search. Please note that we are not endorsing any of the sites listed below. They are just examples for you to consider.

 

Example websites to consider:

http://www.kinderiq.com/kindergarten-readiness-test.php

http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-readiness-test

https://www.parentmap.com/article/the-hows-and-whys-of-early-entrance-into-kindergarten

 

There are also many website resources that provide early childhood development milestones and guidance. Of course, you should also consult with your family doctor. 

Examples websites to consider:

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

https://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/features/is-your-baby-on-track#1

https://pathways.org/topics-of-development/milestones/

http://earlymilestones.org

If you are concerned that your child may not be developing properly, there are local resources that you can consult for help. The first step is to talk with your family doctor.

 

Colorado has a system to help that also works with your local school district. Check with your state department of education.

https://www.cde.state.co.us/early/childfind

 

Womb-to-classroom family-support system

We are working to build a social media platform to provide support for families starting at pre-natal care. This platform is a group management system that connects members to resources and to one another in select groups. Groups will be organized by geographic areas and by affinity preferences. 

 

The system will provide access to proven guidelines and a journal tracking system to help families track developmental progress. It will provide a process whereby families can ask questions of the community and people who have experience with the issue can offer suggestions and help guide families to community resources. 

 

3rd-grade reading-proficiency milestone

Many sources cite reading proficiency by 3rd grade as foundational to academic and life success. Students who are not proficient by 4th grade face a much higher risk of failure and incarceration. 

Because of the importance of this milestone, our program focuses on grades K-3 to help ensure as many students as possible achieve this milestone. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is one of the largest supporters of this goal nationwide. A researcher from this foundation coined the phrase, students learn to read until 3rd grade, then read to learn. Students not proficient by 4th grade are thereby at a disadvantage for keeping up with grade-level expectations.

http://www.aecf.org/resources/early-warning-why-reading-by-the-end-of-third-grade-matters/

 

Most every school is required to do testing multiple times yearly during grades K-3 to track progress and to identify those students who are behind early. So schools know which students are behind, but most have not figured out how to catch up students who are behind. Parents should be able to ask their children’s teacher about scores to keep track of how their children are doing.

 

Every state requires standardized testing in the spring semester of 3rd grade. But, the results are not available until the fall semester of 4th grade.  The internal school testing should provide good data on student progress, but the state test is the standard measurement of success. 

 

 

Grade-level achievement and transition from elementary to middle to high school

Most schools continue to do internal testing but the states require annual standardized testing through 10th grade. Parents should be able to check with teachers on an ongoing basis to know if their child is on grade -level achievement. Schools generally do college prep testing starting as early as 10th grade, but require some type of testing in 11th and 12th grade. Typical tests include ACT and SAT.

 

The transition from elementary to middle and then from middle to high school can be challenging for students. They go from being the eldest and most senior students in one segment to the youngest and least senior in the next segment. Each segment seems like a different culture and expectations change as students mature. 

 

There are various resources and information sources to help parents navigate these transitions. 

Example website resources:

https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/750/Transitioning-Young-Adolescents-from-Elementary-to-Middle-School.aspx

http://www.nea.org/tools/16657.htm

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/transition-resources-teachers-matt-davis

 

The transition from high school to post-secondary education or career can also be challenging. Advanced education can be expensive. Not all students may be ready or want to go to college. Another option is also a career in the military. Over time, we will develop resources to help parents and students navigate this transition. Parents are encouraged to talk with their student’s counselors at school and to explore the Internet.

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