Middle School Students PLAN

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    Think about your child's interests and abilities when talking about careers

    Research shows that the progress a child makes towards academic and career readiness by the end of eighth grade is critical to their future success.  

    What is post-secondary?
    Post-secondary is a term that encompasses any type of training or schooling after high school.  Many careers require either technical training or a two or four-year degree or more.  Post-secondary includes all of these options, ranging from certificate programs to degrees.

    How do I know if my student is on track for high school and post-secondary coursework?
    Meeting grade-level standards in core courses is the biggest predictor of success in high school and in post-secondary courses.  Students who struggle in core classes in eighth grade have a more difficult time meeting high school coursework standards.


    In Saint Paul Public Schools eighth grade students take the EXPLORE Test.  The EXPLORE Test measures:

    • students interests
    • skills
    • knowledge
    • plans for high school and beyond
    • it also helps students determine if they are on track to take the ACT. 

    Students and their families can use the test results to begin college and career exploration, in addition to planning high school coursework. to help your student be more successful.



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    One’s calling in life; a person’s occupation; one’s profession.

    Col · lege
    Any institution of higher education that awards a degree or credential post-high school graduation.  This includes, but is not limited to, universities, community colleges, trade schools and more.
    College Can Change Everything