We’re working to ensure that, by the high school class of 2030, 70% of Washington students, overall and within each racial and ethnic group, will earn the credentials they need by age 26.

By 2030, 70% of Washington students will earn the credentials they need for career success, by age 26.

Good news

Earning a credential after high school opens doors to an array of career and advancement opportunities in Washington state.

Tough news

Just 40% of Washington’s high school class of 2021 is projected to complete a credential by age 26.  Our Black, Hispanic and Latinx, and Native American students are earning credentials at even lower rates.

That’s why…

Partnership for Learning and the Washington Roundtable are leading a conversation about policy actions and implementation that seek to address inequities, increase credential attainment, and ensure more Washington youth are positioned to successfully pursue careers and opportunities in their home state.

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The Credential Is Essential

A chart showing post-secondary enrollment trends in WA state.

After three years of steep declines, postsecondary enrollment in Washington is showing signs of recovery. According to data shared with Washington Roundtable by the state’s public postsecondary institutions, 51,000+ fewer students enrolled in our public institutions in fall 2023 than in fall 2019 – representing a 17% enrollment decline since the pandemic’s onset. This comes when postsecondary education is increasingly the only pathway to middle-class jobs.

Washington has added more than 500,000 jobs since the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic; another 500,000 are expected by the end of this decade. By 2031, 72% of jobs in our state will require postsecondary training or credentials, yet it’s estimated that just 40% of our students are on track to complete them.

Read more about the picture of postsecondary enrollment in Washington in fall 2023 in our latest report.