Mequon-Thiensville School District
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Milestones for College & Career Success

As students move through their 4K-12 academic careers, they strive for and reach a number of key milestones. We have identified seven milestones that benchmark our efforts to guide our efforts in ensuring that all students will experience college and future career success. Our Milestones for College and Career Success include measurable outcomes that allow us to monitor student progress in preparing for postsecondary success. Our goal is that when students graduate from high school, they have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education. Each milestone is rigorous, encouraging our students to develop higher-level thinking and problem-solving skills.

MTSD's Seven Milestones

1. Reading to Instructional Level (K-2nd Grade)

Instructional level is the ability at which the student can read without additional support, as measured by the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient.

2. Reading Scores (3rd–8th Grade)

Students who score at or above the 66th percentile at grade level on Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests demonstrate reading skills that will likely lead to college success.

3. Math Scores (3rd–8th Grade)

Students who score at or above the 70th percentile at grade level on Measure of Academic Progress, or MAP, tests demonstrate math skills that will likely lead to college and career success.

4. ACT Benchmark Attainment (8th-11th Grades)

The ACT series of assessments can be used to assess college readiness. Students who meet or exceed the ACT Benchmarks in English, math, reading, and science associated with this exam have a high probability for success in respective college credit-bearing courses.

5. Algebra 2 Success

Students who take advanced math in high school are more likely to attend and graduate from college. By completing Algebra 2 by the end of the 10th grade with a C or higher, students will have access to rigorous pre-college mathematics courses in grades 11 and 12.

6. Success in Advanced Coursework (9th-12th Grades)

Students who successfully complete advanced coursework perform better in college. (Students scoring 3 or better on Advanced Placement exams or attain a B or better in dual-credit courses.)

7. Student Engagement (4th-12th Grades)

Students who are engaged at school are on track for post-secondary success as measured by five indicators including Connectedness, Drive, Leadership, Social & Emotional Aptitude, and Wellness. (Average level of engagement greater than or equal to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as measured on an annual student engagement survey.)