Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Reacts to Publication of New ACT Report "The Forgotten Middle"
December 10, 2008
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Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, issued the following statement in response to the publication of ACT’s new report The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring that All Students are on Target for College and Career Readiness Before High School:
“This report is to be commended for sounding the alarm on the importance of middle school in preparing students for success in high school and college. By pointing to the importance of middle school preparation, the report reminds us that the best strategy for improving educational outcomes is investing along the entire educational continuum, from the early grades through high school and beyond.
“Obviously, the better prepared students are for high school, the less need for dramatic academic rescue measures. For policymakers, the ACT report illustrates that quality middle school preparation is vital for successful high school and college outcomes. At the same time, however, high school interventions may still be necessary to ensure that all students are fully prepared. Both middle and high school require proper interventions including personalized graduation plans and a steady focus on improving reading skills to maximize student success.”
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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.
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