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 43% of Washington’s high school class of 2019 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 our latest report, Washington Roundtable and Partnership for Learning focus on the 27-point gap between economic demand for credentials and the rate of actual attainment. Many factors contribute to this gap. Of significant concern, the postsecondary enrollment rate for high school graduates has continued to stagnate or decline for more than a decade. This report spotlights fall 2021 data from Washington’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities, indicating that enrollment rates continued to contract in the second year of the pandemic. Read more about the ongoing enrollment crisis.
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?