Summit County Kindergarten Readiness:
- 2015: 67% On track
- 2016: 65% On track
- 2017: 65% On track
All children deserve a strong start at the beginning of school. Summit Education Initiative works in partnership with the Early Care and Education team of the Summit County First Things First collaborative to increase kindergarten readiness and school success at this first critical transition point. We have three strategies for increasing kindergarten readiness:
Increase access to high quality preschool experiences.
Measure and describe child development at the end of preschool.
Increase the proportion of students who begin kindergarten on track for success.
Summit County Third Grade Reading:
- 2015: 65% Scored proficient or higher
- 2016: 56% Scored proficient or higher
- 2017: 66% Scored proficient or higher
Third Grade Reading
Reading skills at the end of third grade are one of the strongest predictors of student success for years to come. Reading can open doors to increased opportunities for learning. Our Third Grade Reading Action Team, comprising teachers, literacy coaches, and school and community leaders, works to support schools and teachers as they accelerate reading achievement across Summit County. There are three strategies for increased success in this area:
Identify schools or communities with the greatest need for literacy development support.
Increase teacher capacity through literacy coaching.
Identify and replicate effective volunteer tutoring programs.
Summit County Eighth Grade Math:
- 2015: 42% Scored proficient or higher
- 2016: 52% Scored proficient or higher
- 2017: 63% Scored proficient or higher
Eighth Grade Math
Middle school is a critical time for students, especially when it comes to mathematics. Math becomes more challenging during the middle school years. Students who finish eighth grade with skills above the minimum standards are far more likely to be successful in high school and to graduate prepared for high-skilled careers and college. Unfortunately, less than half of all students demonstrate strong math skills by the end of eighth grade. We are working to change that with three strategies across a select number of pilot school districts and classrooms:
Increase student motivation and confidence.
Help parents support their children at home.
Develop high-quality, low-stakes assessments.
Summit County Ninth Grade Success:
- 2015: No data reported
- 2016: 32% Completed ninth grade with a 3.1 or higher GPA and 6.5 cumulative credits
- 2017: 37% Completed ninth grade with a 3.1 or higher GPA and 6.5 cumulative credits
Ninth Grade Success
A good start to high school sets a foundation for success that lasts for years. Students who have a good start are sometimes more than four times as likely to graduate prepared for career and college, compared with their peers. But transitioning to high school isn’t always easy. Some students struggle with attendance issues, passing courses or earning strong grades. Our work to promote ninth grade success centers on three strategies:
Miss no more than 8 days of school.
Earn at least 6.5 credits by the end of ninth grade.
Maintain a B or B+ average.
Summit County College & Career Readiness:
- 2015: 41% Graduated with a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT (or equivalent)
- 2016: 42% Graduated with a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT (or equivalent)
- 2017: 42% Graduated with a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT (or equivalent)
College & Career Readiness
After high school, students follow a variety of pathways into adulthood. Our goal is to prepare students for success in any career or college pathway they choose. For most pathways, the skills needed for success are similar. We have three strategies in our college readiness work:
All students graduate from high school with a plan to be employed, enrolled or enlisted.
All students who plan to attend college after high school will complete a FAFSA.
Increase the proportion of students who earn a “college ready” score on college placement tests.
Summit County College & Career Persistence:
- 2015: 87% Persisted in accredited post-secondary programs
- 2016: 87% Persisted in accredited post-secondary programs
- 2017: 86% Persisted in accredited post-secondary programs
College & Career Persistence
Our goal is to have adults in Summit County earn 48,000 new high-value career certificates or college degrees by the year 2025. If we can reach this goal, Summit County, Ohio, will be among the most educated counties in the United States. We have three strategies in our college and career persistence work:
Recruit adults with college experience to return and earn a degree, in partnership with local employers.
Award retroactive associate degrees to adults who did not complete a bachelor’s degree program.
Strengthen the transition from high school to post-secondary enrollment.