9th graders who after 5 years are either employed in Washington or enrolled in post secondary education or training
Data Source: Education and Data Research Center, 2011-12 Ninth Graders
In order to be successful in life and careers, our states 9th graders need the supports and guidance necessary to ensure high school completion and a successful transition to employment or continued postsecondary training or education. Nearly 1 in 5 of today’s 9th graders will not complete high school, this equates to over 14,000 students dropping out high school in the 2012-13 school year. Those unable to complete high school face dramatically increased unemployment rates, decreased lifetime earnings, and an over dependence on publically funded social service and criminal justice programs. It cost taxpayers over $10,000 per year for the lifetime of an individual that did not complete high school. By connecting students with a vision of individual success that promotes positive engagement in high school and beyond, students are more likely to complete high school and make a successful post high school transition.
Recent changes in state graduation requirements have made more resources available for guidance activities designed to give students greater access to individuals focused on ensuring their success and the development of a personalized and detailed high school and beyond plan. Further, the development and adoption of a statewide list of Career and Technical Education to academic course equivalencies create more opportunities for students make relevant connections between their high school education and their personal career goals. This will better prepare students for success in postsecondary education and training or the workforce, depending on their individual goals and aspirations.
Students and families need opportunities to explore different career pathways while still in high school. By seeing a career in action, students will build a stronger understanding of how their high school education can support their personalized plan for success after high school, whether continued education and training or direct entry into the workforce. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in collaboration with the Employment Security Department and the Workforce Board, are coordinating and implementing the Governors Youth Works initiative. This initiative will make more resources available for the creation of work based learning opportunities that will give students real world exposure to a chosen career.
- Value the importance of all post-secondary pathways that can lead to gainful employment and self-sufficiency.
- Encourage students and families to develop detailed individual plans for success following high school completion.
- Share your personal pathway to success by mentoring students through in class lectures, work site visits, job shadows, internships, or apprenticeships.
- Honor and promote all levels of education and work that lead to success and self-sufficiency.
- Support public policies that promote the value of work and encourage young people to explore the world of work.
- Facilitate and promote meaningful partnerships between schools, community organizations, and industry leaders towards the creation of hands on work based learning experiences.