Communities using the StriveTogether framework have seen improvements in kindergarten readiness, academic outcomes and college retention. Here are some results from Cradle to Career Network members:
StrivePartnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is our flagship network member, with 10 years’ experience.
- 86 percent of student outcome indicators are improving for students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
- Third-grade reading achievement for Cincinnati Public School students is at 73 percent.
- High school graduation rates for both Covington Independent Public Schools and Newport Independent Schools students are over 90 percent.
In 2015, StriveTogether launched an initiative called the Cradle to Career Accelerator Fund to help communities move to better results. Click here to view stories and data showing how these communities are changing the systems that shape opportunity for kids in America.
We are seeing results in communities across the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network.
- One in five of Albany High School graduates who intend to enter college never do. Albany Promise helped boost resources for summer coaching sessions for at-risk seniors and expanded in-school administration of college entrance exams. The percentage of seniors taking the PSAT or SAT jumped from 53 percent to 82 percent. By 2017, 65 percent of graduates at the school in Albany, New York, are expected to enroll in some form of postsecondary education.
- By changing district policies, Graduate Tacoma and school district partners in Tacoma, Washington, ensured qualified students were automatically enrolled in advanced placement and international baccalaureate classes, increasing the number of low-income and minority students in these college-level courses.
- In Texas, the Commit Partnership of Dallas County created a statewide advocacy coalition with E3 Alliance in Central Texas and a Houston-based organization. The coalition supported efforts to reform the state’s school finance system, resulting in the passage of House Bill 3. This landmark legislation totaled $11.5 billion for equitable reforms, including funding for full-day pre-K; an extended school year option for all elementary schools; increased pay for the state’s most effective teachers; and more.
- Recognizing continued racial disparities in college readiness, Marin Promise in Marin County, California, is focusing its efforts on educational equity. In 2016, 68 percent of the targeted population completed financial aid forms — a 17 percent increase from 2014.