Students need strong literacy skills to succeed in today’s knowledge-based economy, yet very few eighth-grade students read at a proficient level.
College Readiness Rate
Very few high school graduates enter college with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. As a result, they frequently must take remedial courses, costing them time and money that could be better used in pursuit of a degree.
Four-Year College Graduation Rate
Students who finish postsecondary education reap economic benefits for themselves and their communities, but far more students enter college compared to those who actually leave with a degree.
Sixty percent of today’s jobs require some form of education after high school, but, as this indicator shows, few twenty-five to thirty-four year-olds have an associate’s degree or higher.