Stark P-16 Compact
The Stark Education Partnership—in collaboration with educators from Stark County's school districts including the Educational Service Center, postsecondary education leadership, business representatives, civic leaders and parents—established a P-16 Compact for Stark County in 2002. The purpose of the compact is to foster and sustain a community conversation on ways that Stark County can support and sustain all students in realizing their academic potential and achieving readiness to pursue and be successful in post secondary education. Additionally, the Compact sponsors research and promotes the development of programs, such as Early College High School and Dual Credit opportunities, which maintain high academic standards but which streamline completion times and foster successful transition from P-12 to higher education.
Called the finest local P-16 in the nation by Stephen Portch, Chancellor Emeritus of the University System of Georgia who instituted the first local and regional P-16s in 1995, Stark was Ohio's first local P-16. Now 13 such councils exist in the state.
Additional materials on the history and outcomes of the Stark County P-16 can be found under publications.