Stark schools have been successful in finding ways to engage high school students in the community's goal of college and/or career ready graduates. Stark has expanded the options for students including Timken Early College High School and Dual Enrollment - now called College Credit Plus (CCP). CCP has evolved from 461 student enrollments in 2006-07 to 5,934 enrollments in 2014-15. As technology and career demands have shifted, many high schools have responded by developing real world learning experiences for students.
Although districts have made significant progress in high school student achievement, the data for students entering kindergarten show opportunity to expand the community's focus. Upon entrance into kindergarten, students
are given the Ohio
Department of Education's (ODE) kindergarten readiness assessments. According to ODE's most recent 2014-15 data, only 62% of all Stark County students are 'on track' for kindergarten, and individual school districts range from 40-90% readiness.
While there are opportunities for high quality preschool and SPARK, these data reflect the disproportionate access before kindergarten to high quality learning and opportunity for students across Stark County.
Right now the responsibility to bridge the gap for too many students rests upon the districts. Our community's work is to support efforts to reach all children and all families prior to the start of K-12 education. In this effort the Stark Education Partnership will engage with its partners to expand our focus from P-16 to Cradle-to-Career (C2C) in support of opportunities for local families, schools and the community to nurture potential in every student.