National Research

Is Typical Growth Enough for Students Who Have Fallen Behind?


  • Subject: Mathematics, Literacy
  • Grades: K–8
  • Topic: Growth Goals, Academic Achievement

Published August 2023

Stretch Growth targets provide ambitious yet attainable growth goals that can help students embark on a path to grade-level proficiency. We explored placement levels after different growth patterns for students below grade level to evaluate the impact of Stretch Growth. We found Typical Growth was not adequate to scale students to grade level, but Stretch Growth offered a viable path to grade-level placement after two years.