Education Transition Grants

Middle school and junior high students would get help in making the transition to high school under a bill that was heard in E-12 Finance on Thursday.

The bill would provide funds for grants to support the planning and implementation of high school transition teams to assist 8th and 9th grade students and their families to successfully navigate the transition to high school. Transition teams would include teachers, guidance counselors, and high school students to help reduce transition anxiety, teach study skills, build support networks, and set attendance and grade point goals for each student. Testifiers pointed out that providing transition teams can help students succeed and graduate from high school. A University of Chicago study reported that “course performance in ninth grade is more predictive of a student’s odds of graduating from high school than all other factors, including race, gender, socioeconomic factors, and prior academic achievement combines.”

A graduating senior testified in favor of the bill, describing how the transition teams approach helped ensure his high school success. He is now college-bound after graduation.

The $755,000 in funds would be appropriated to the following districts: District 622, North St. Paul, $377,500; District 624, White Bear Lake, $226,500 and District 832, Mahtomedi, $165,000. (SF186)