Prepared youth. Productive residents. Thriving communities: A Collective Call to Action
There are nearly 750,000 jobs within the District of Columbia’s borders and only 361,000 District adults in the labor force. Yet our city struggles with a nearly 8 percent unemployment rate and has nearly 10,000 low-income youth who are out-of-school and out-of-work.
Driven by the need to transform how we support success from cradle to career, innovative leaders from across public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors are stepping up to shape a civic infrastructure that moves away from the District’s habit of isolated efforts towards a smarter and more integrated way of organizing existing funds, initiatives, and resources for children and youth.
The work of the Raise DC partnership will drive improvements in outcomes for children and youth along each part of the cradle-to-career continuum by:
Aligning academic and non-academic supports across all parts of the continuum,
Focusing resources on the few most critical outcomes for children and youth,
Using data to identify effective practices that will improve existing programs, rather than launching new ones, and
Investing in the sustainability of the work so that it thrives beyond political cycles.
Selecting Citywide Outcomes
With support from the Urban Institute, the Raise DC partnership underwent an extensive process to articulate common citywide outcomes that would lay the foundation for our collective work and would provide the District with a comprehensive picture of our progress each year.
These key outcomes are highlighted below:
Increase the percent of children entering kindergarten meeting expected benchmarks in multiple domains.
Increase the percent of youth who graduate from high school within 4 years, college/career ready.
Decrease the number of youth who are disconnected from both school and work.
Increase the percent of youth who attain a college degree or industry-recognized license/certification.
Increase the percent of young adults who are employed.
Every child is prepared for school
Every child succeeds in school
Every youth who has dropped out is reconnected to education/training
Every youth attains a postsecondary credential
Every youth is prepared for a career
Outcomes (Core Indicators) and Targets
Percentage of children entering kindergarten meeting expected benchmarks in multiple domains: TBD
Percentage of students graduating from high school In 4 years: 75 percent by 2017
Percentage of students proficient in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments: TBD
Number of low-income youth ages 16-24 not in school and not employed: 7,000 by 2014
Percentage of students who complete an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program within six years of high school graduation: 40 percent by 2019
Percentage of students who complete an associate’s degree within three years of high school graduation: TBD
Percentage of students who complete a bachelor’s degree within six years of high school graduation: TBD
Percentage of UDC-CC students age 24 or younger who complete a certificate program within two years: 60 percent by 2015
Percentage of DC residents ages 20-24 employed full-time: 66 percent by 2017
Percentage of pre-kindergarten teachers with a bachelor’s degree
Percentage of high quality preschool programs
Percentage of births with early prenatal care
Percentage of children (ages 0-5) receiving early screening for developmental delays
Percentage of children (ages 0-5) with a medical home
Percentage of children (ages 0-5) receiving health screenings
Percentage of 3rd grade students scoring “proficient” or “advanced” on DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DCCAS) reading assessment
Percentage of 3rd grade students scoring “proficient” or “advanced” on DCCAS math assessment
Percentage of 8th grade students scoring “proficient” or “advanced” on DCCAS reading assessment
Percentage of 8th grade students scoring “proficient” or “advanced” on DCCAS math assessment
Percentage of all 9th grade students promoted to 10th grade
Percentage of students truant
Percentage of students suspended
Number of students expelled
Student average daily attendance
Number of youth ages 16-24 who exited school without indicating enrollment in another educational experience or showing up in another school roster
Number of formerly out-of-school youth ages 16-24 enrolled in high school / GED preparation / adult basic education programs
Number of formerly out-of-school youth ages 16-24 enrolled in postsecondary program (college or certification)
Number of formerly out-of-school youth ages 16-24 connected to employment training
Percentage of high school graduates who enroll in a college or credential program within 6, 12, and 18 months of high school graduation
Percentage of students persisting to their second year of college or university
Percentage of graduating seniors who complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Percentage of graduating seniors who complete DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG) application
Number of youth ages 16-21 who get an early work experience
Number of youth ages 18-24 enrolled in apprenticeship programs