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.
The annual increase in credential attainment must nearly triple. Far more students — in particular, more students of color, more students from low-income households, and more boys — must enroll in and complete postsecondary programs. The state’s K-12 and postsecondary systems also must reengage more students who fall out of the education pipeline prior to credential attainment.