By 2020, nearly two-thirds of all jobs are projected to require a post-secondary credential or higher in the U.S. but presently less than 30% of Stark County residents have at least an associate's degree. - Strengthening Stark Report: A
Call for Economic Transformation, 2017
The response of Stark County educators and business leaders to the challenge above has transformed the education landscape. The data provide a vivid picture of progress made in meeting the reality of work in the 21st century.
The Goal: Increase High School Graduation Rates
The Result: In the past few years, in an effort to align with other states for comparison purposes, Ohio has moved to using a four year graduation rate from the previous five or six year rates. Despite this major change, Greater Stark County students excelled. The most recent data show 93% graduated in four years compared to the state average of 85%.
The Goal: Increase College and
The Result: Stark County is a statewide leader in providing students opportunities to earn college credit while in high school. In a recent study, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) found that nearly 64% of the 2016 grads who had taken College Credit Plus (CCP) matriculated to an Ohio public college or university.
According to a recent dual credit study, students "who successfully complete just one dual credit class in high school are more likely to stay in college and graduate, compared to students who didn't take dual credit."
The Goal: Increase the Number of Graduates Earning an Industry Recognized Credential (see sidebar)
The Result: In response to workforce needs, the Partnership has begun tracking and reporting industry-recognized credential attainment at graduation. ODE's latest aggregated data show there were 854 industry recognized credentials earned by Greater Stark graduates - a 21% increase from last year's total of 708.
Ohio Department of Higher Education: College Credit Plus Report 2017-2018
The University of Texas System: Dual Credit Study: Dual Credit and Success in College, 2018
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