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 partnership 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.
We also are seeing results in communities across the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network.
- Recognizing that one in five Albany High School graduates who intend to enter college never do, StriveTogether network partnership 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 post-secondary education.
- By changing district policies, network partnership 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 more low-income and minority students in these college-level courses.
- In Dallas, Texas, school districts, colleges and AT&T launched a texting service with network partnership the Commit! Partnership to remind high school seniors about college enrollment and capture data for high school counselors and college staff. In the first year, the 1,000 students who participated were 13 percent more likely to enroll than peers not in the texting program. Additionally, Black and Hispanic males who participated were 14 percent more likely to enroll than were their peers.
- Recognizing continued racial disparities in college readiness, Marin Promise Partnership Council, a StriveTogether network partnership 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.