REPORT: Right now, it’s estimated that just 41% of our high school students go on to earn a credential by age 26. To ensure students are prepared for jobs and opportunity, Washington must rapidly increase the rate at which students prepare for, pursue, and complete postsecondary credentials, according to a new report from the Washington Roundtable and Partnership for Learning.
Earning a credential after high school is the key to accessing a vast array of career and advancement opportunities in Washington.
Today, an estimated 40 percent of Washington’s students earn a credential after high school that they will need to get a good job.
Partnership for Learning is leading the conversation about policy actions and implementation that will enable more Washington youth to successfully pursue careers and opportunities in their home state.
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.
Our Focus Areas
Increase the number of students who pursue and complete credentials after high school that will enable them to secure the career of their choice.
College and Career Readiness
Prepare Washington students with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to succeed in college, an apprenticeship, or other training after high school.
Career Awareness in WA
Increase student awareness and understanding about the career opportunities available in Washington and the education they’ll need to succeed.
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High school students in the Edmonds School District graduate at a higher rate than their peers statewide. They also enroll in post-high school education at much higher rates. What is driving the district’s outsized success?
Most of the 740,000 job openings our state will have by 2021 will be filled by workers with postsecondary credentials, such as a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, an industry certificate or an apprenticeship. People who like working with their hands and understanding how things work are a great fit for manufacturing jobs.