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 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.

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

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.