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1 Pennsylvania Ready By 21™

2 Who is PPC? n Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children – Advocacy organization – Independent, non-profit – Prevention-focused, research-based n Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is a strong, effective and trusted voice for improving the health, education and well- being of the Commonwealth’s children.

3 Pennsylvania Youth Demographics n One in 7 Pennsylvanians (1,688,643) is a young person (age 12-21) – 1 in 3 lives in poverty – More than 12,000 are in foster care – More than 40,000 are in juvenile justice – More than 26,000 teens are mothers – 1 in 50 has limited English proficiency – 14% have a disability

4 Allegheny County Youth Demographics n One in 7 Allegheny County residents (166,000) is a young person (age 12-21) n 1 in 3 lives in low-income family n More than 1,300 are in foster care (Sept. 2005) n More than 4,100 juvenile justice dispositions n More than 1,000 births in 2004 in Allegheny County were to teen mothers (7.6%) n Approximately 15% of all students in Allegheny County have a disability

5 Pennsylvania Ready By 21™ Ready By 21™ is committed to youth-centered public policies and programs designed to ensure that all Pennsylvanians aged 12-21 have equitable access to high quality education and support services that meet their needs and builds on their aspirations; that prepares them to earn a family- sustaining wage, be active citizens, lifelong learners, and enjoy healthy physical, social and emotional health.

6 Ready By 21™ n Research and analysis n Mobilization – Bring stakeholders together – Ready By 21™ Coalition – Discussions with public and private organizations, policymakers n Structured the work into four policy areas -- – Secondary academic success – Positive use of out-of-school time – Career preparation and workforce development – Comprehensive services with linkages to appropriate health and human services

7 Alignment with other initiatives n Governor’s Commission on College and Career Readiness n PDE's High School Reform Initiative (Project 720) and Dual Enrollment

8 Adolescents to Adulthood n An education that prepares them for the rigors of college or a competitive labor market with skills that enable them to earn a family-sustaining wage one day n Avoidance of risky behaviors such as illegal drug use in order to become healthy, well-adjusted adults

9 Adolescents to Adulthood n Strong interpersonal relationships with friends and family who support their growth and achievements n Strong connections to the community that forge a sense of belonging

10 The High School Diploma n 2 out of 5 urban 9 th graders fail to graduate from high school in the same district four years later – 1 in 6 rural 9 th graders – 1 in 8 suburban

11 Graduation Gap n 14.7 % of ninth graders in Allegheny County failed to graduate from high school in the same district four years later (2004/05) – 17.8% in Butler County – 17.2% in Washington County – 14% in Westmoreland County

12 Why is this important? n High school graduates earn three times more than those who did not graduate n College graduates earn six times more n Dropouts have higher rates of teen pregnancy, substance abuse and crime n 80% of those incarcerated are dropouts

13 Why Education Matters n Lifetime earnings are linked to education level. Earnings estimates show the median PA income by educational attainment to be: (Source: Pennsylvania Workforce Development, 2004 CPS)

14 Preparation for college or work is the same n Young people who are preparing for college or work require a similar foundation. – Same skills – Solid academic skills – especially math and language arts skills – Appropriate soft skills

15 Readiness Rate of Grads n Current “Readiness Rate of our high school graduates is distressing -- – Statewide, more than 48% of 11 th graders are not proficient in math – Nearly 35% are not proficient in reading n In Allegheny County: – Nearly 41% not proficient in math – More than 29% not proficient in English n Students that do poorly on the PSSA may not be college-ready n High remediation rates for both 2- and 4-year colleges

16 College Remediation Rates For entering freshmen, 2000 n All students: 28% n Public 2-year42% n Public 4-year20% n Private 4-year12% (Source: NCES, Remedial Education at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions in Fall 2000)

17 College “Drift-out” Rates Students not returning for year 2 n 4-year colleges:26% n 2-year colleges:45% (Source: Mortensen, T.; November 1999. Postsecondary Opportunity as presented by The Education Trust.) Of high school graduates nationwide entering four-year institutions, just over six in 10 earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. (Source: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2006)

18 Why is this important? n In order to compete in a 21 st century global economy, Pennsylvania needs a highly- educated and proficient workforce. n By 2010, the U.S. will have a 12 million qualified worker shortage (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) n This will make it imperative that all youth have the skills and education to meet this shortage.

19 Employment Change by Education; 1992-2002 Source: Employment Policy Foundation tabulations of Bureau of Labor Statistics / Census Current Population Survey data; MTC Institute.

20 Changing Economic Times “High school graduates must be prepared for a 21 st century global economy. Traditional metrics are no longer sufficient indicators of student preparedness. A more meaningful, ambitious high school reform agenda can only be reached when high schools succeed in preparing every student for today’s global challenges by aligning their improvement efforts with results that matter – mastery of core subjects and 21 st century skills.” (Source: Ken Kay, president of the Partnership for 21 st Century Skills and G. Thomas Houlihan, exec. director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, in Education Week, May 17, 2006.)

21 New Participants in the World Economy China, India and Russia = 3 billion people 10% highly educated = 300 million people USA = 300 million people 25% highly educated = 75 million Competition for jobs = 375 million people USA students/adults will face greater competition in the future than anytime in history International Competition Craig Barrett, INTEL CEO 2004

22 NAEP 2005 Math Assessment 12 th Graders Scoring “Below Basic” 39 percent of all students 60 percent of Hispanic students 70 percent of African-American students Losing Our Edge?

23 NAEP 2002 Reading Assessment 12 th Graders Scoring “Below Basic” 27 percent of all students 40 percent of Hispanic students 46 percent of African-American students Losing Our Edge? SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

24 How do youth in America stack up? n USA falls near middle of the pack in academic literacy scores of 15- year-olds. n Finland, France, Canada, Poland, Australia and Japan all scored better. (PISA, 32 participating countries, 1999)

25 U.S. Ranked 24 th out of 29 OECD Countries in Mathematics Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA 2003 Results, data available at

26 RB21 Public Policy Agenda n Adequate and equitable education funding strategy n Assure youth, their families and schools have access to comprehensive health and human services n Sixth-grade early detection system and action for struggling students n Improve guidance and career exploration

27 RB21 Public Policy Agenda n Enhance professional development for teachers n Promote mentoring programs for youth n Model statewide curriculum aligned with academic standards n Standardized, statewide graduation requirement n Expand Project 720 and dual-enrollment

28 RB21 Public Policy Agenda n Expand afterschool and youth development programs n Build state-level capacity (PDE, IUs) to ensure school leadership n Improve the quality and value of career and technical education n Expand alternative education options n Pathways to re-engage out-of-school youth

29 RB21 Public Policy Agenda n Conduct a marketing campaign to inform parents, students, education professionals and the community at large about 21 st century careers and required education n Ensure access to postsecondary education for all youth

30 RB21 Next Steps Continued Research and Analysis Expand Mobilization Implement Strategic Communications Plan Policymaker Education and Champion Recruitment


32 Bill Bartle Youth Policy Director Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children 717-236-5680

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