Our Shared Community Goal
By the class of 2020, we will increase by 50% both the graduation rate of Tacoma Public Schools students and those who complete a college degree or technical certificate. Success will require measuring and closing gaps in access, opportunities and achievement for all students from cradle to college and career.
INDICATORS: From Cradle to College and Career
It’s not enough to focus on K-12 education. We need to support kids from the cradle on up, so that they meet and exceed key milestones and start school ready to succeed.
"Quality preschool has lifelong impacts on the success and well being of students."
– Susan Barbeau | Executive Director, First 5 FUNdamentals
Elementary school sets the stage for a lifetime of academic learning. We need to ensure that children get the early support they need to lay a strong foundation for future success.
"To get ALL kids to read, it takes families, friends, and community partners."
– Nola Renz | Community Impact Manager for Early Grade Excellence, United Way of Pierce County
This is a crucial period in students’ lives when they gain the skills needed to complete high school. Efforts need to reach beyond academics to include students’ social and emotional development as well.
"As students, we’re the driver – responsible for our own learning, our own future."
– ZeAyre Trimmings | Student, Lincoln High School
Students should receive the tools, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in high school. They should graduate, and every one of them should be looking beyond commencement to post-secondary programs and successful careers.
We consider post-secondary education to be formal learning programs that occur after high-school graduation: colleges, universities, seminaries, and technical or vocational schools that award academic degrees or professional certificates.