State of Education in Metro Atlanta | Baseline Report 2017
What is Learn4Life?
Learn4Life (L4L) is the Metro Atlanta Regional Education Partnership, a collaborative effort that brings together school systems, local communities, business and nonprofits to drive resources and energy to proven solutions. These solutions are based on common goals and shared benchmarks. Our overall goal is to improve workforce readiness and student achievement using a data-driven, collective impact approach.
Learn4Life convenes partners into action teams that focus on improving specific outcomes across six key metric indicators. These partners work together to leverage existing resources, including local communities, to engage in collective action around a very specific outcome. These teams use data to communicate progress and hold each other accountable, direct action in specific areas of need and highlight areas of achievement on a wide, metropolitan scale.
The six key indicators: Why they matter
Educational achievement is fundamental to a region’s success. To objectively and accurately assess our region’s achievement, we follow the research to focus on key community-level indicators. These indicators are supported by research as key contributors to the achievement of cradle-to-career vision and goals (1). The cradle-to-career continuum of these six outcome areas are critical to the success of every child.
(1) Strive Partnership. (2013). Cradle to Career Core Outcomes Areas Publication.
Indicator 1 | Kindergarten Readiness
- 20% of children in the five-county area attended a “high quality” center in 2016
- There are roughly 44,000 slots in a center that has received a quality rating or in a public Pre-K for approximately 219,000 children age 0-4 in the five-county area.
Indicator 2 | Third Grade Reading Proficiency
- 40% of children were reading proficiently by the end of third grade in 2014-2015
- Roughly 28,000 third graders are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Indicator 3 | Eighth Grade Math Proficiency
- 38% of children were proficient in math by the end of eighth grade in 2014-2015
- Roughly 28,000 eighth graders are not proficient at math by the end of eighth grade.
Indicator 4 | High School Graduation Rate
- 79% of students in the 2015 graduating class graduated high school in four years
- Roughly 9,400 students of the 2015 cohort did not graduate high school.
Indicator 5 | Post-Secondary Enrollment
- 75% of the 2013 graduating class was enrolled in a post-secondary institution after 16 months
- Roughly 7,700 students who graduated high school in 2013 did not enroll in a post-secondary institution by 2015.
Indicator 6 | Post-Secondary Attainment
- 31% of the 2010 graduating class had earned a post-secondary degree or credential by 2015
- Roughly 21,000 students from the 2010 graduating class had not earned a post-secondary degree or credential by 2015.
Check out the slides below for further data behind the six key metrics or download the PDF of the slides: Learn4Life 2017 Baseline Report Data