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.
Earning a credential after high school opens doors to an array of career and advancement opportunities in Washington state.
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.
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.
In a new report, Washington Roundtable and Partnership for Learning applaud new public commitments from postsecondary institutions in Washington to increase postsecondary enrollment and completion. When fully realized, these commitments will help make up considerable ground on the path to 70% credential attainment. This report also seeks to kick-off a public dialogue about how we further reimagine and transform Washington’s postsecondary system to better serve students in the wake of the pandemic.
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.
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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.
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?