We’re working to ensure that, by the high school class of 2030, 70% of Washington students 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 41% of Washington’s high school class of 2017 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

This spring brought the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented economic disruption, and a much-needed public conversation about racial equity. The Washington Roundtable and Partnership for Learning are committed to playing a collaborative and productive role as we move forward, together. This report shares lessons from the Great Recession; shines a light on those individuals who are most vulnerable in the economic wake of the COVID-19 pandemic (namely, people of color, young workers, and those with only a high school education); and begins to examine policy options and opportunities to build a better Washington. It highlights clear steps Washington schools and the state can take to ensure education quality and rigor during the pandemic, make up for pandemic-related setbacks, address inequities, and knock down barriers to credential attainment.