Stark County Partners Collaborate to Succeed
The Stark Education Partnership board and staff recently completed a yearlong strategic planning process and reviewed significant progress made toward three high-level objectives: high school graduation, college-going rates, and degree attainment.
The Stark schools and partners can be proud of the convergence of collaborative efforts successfully implemented to ensure graduates are college, career and life ready. Stark benefits from an effective and efficient Education Service Center, six innovative and collaborative colleges/ universities, as well as committed foundations and business partners who are invested in ensuring a high-quality education for all students in Stark County.
Stark data demonstrate that these collaborative efforts are succeeding:
- Children in high-quality preschool programs plus SPARK are better prepared for kindergarten
- 97.4% of 3rd grade students met the promotion standard for reading
- 5,934 students are enrolled in college courses while in high school, an increase from 461 students in 2007
- 17% more students are taking Advanced Placement courses compared to five years ago
- Over 100 students are engaged in the International Baccalaureate's demanding curriculum
- Many students are earning associate degrees while in high school at Timken Early College High School and Perry High School
- Stark's six Career Technical Centers excel at graduation, dual enrollment and post program placement rates
Throughout upcoming Looking at the Issues, we will share the commitment Stark Education Partnership has to building on the successes of the past and our vision for the future.