Eighth grade achievement is an important indicator of progress as students prepare to move on to high school. Performance in eighth grade often indicates performance in high school and is one of the strongest predictors of college- and work- readiness. Performance in eighth grade is a strong indicator of preparation for high school and postsecondary education. While early intervention is key in closing the achievement gap, making sure economically disadvantaged students are caught up before going to high school is as important as ever. Increasing the proficiency of economically disadvantaged students in eighth grade will improve overall performance results in high school and beyond.