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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Raise DC, a citywide partnership focused on raising educational outcomes for District youth, today released a new Baseline Report Card that highlights five citywide goals aimed at helping children and young adults succeed academically and professionally.
The Raise DC Baseline Report Card, underwritten by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, pinpoints core indicators that will track the city’s progress toward those goals and provides a baseline measurement of the District’s current performance.
“Instead of dispersing resources in an uncoordinated manner in the hopes that it will have an impact somewhere for some child or family, we now know exactly what we need to focus on if we are going to achieve significant gains in our educational and workforce readiness outcomes,” Mayor Vincent C. Gray said.
Lucretia Murphy, executive director of the See Forever Foundation/Maya Angelou Schools and co-chair of Raise DC, said that establishing indicators and having baseline data helps make clear the District’s common goals.
“The selection of a few critical indicators allows us to engage in an important citywide analysis of the work that is already happening on the ground,” Murphy said. “This way, we can determine which effective practices we can lift up, improve upon, and expand to better support our children, youth and families.”
Going forward, Raise DC will publish and release a report card each year to track the city’s progress in education and workforce development. The reports will be used to drive citywide collaborative action plans around the most effective use of District, corporate and philanthropic resources.
For example, the Baseline Report Card sets target goals to:
§ Increase the percentage of District students graduating from high school within four years from 61 percent in 2012 to 75 percent by 2017.
§ Decrease the number of low-income District youth (ages 16-24) who are not in school and/or not employed from 9,910 now to 7,000 by 2014.
§ Increase the percentage of young adults (ages 20-24) in the District who are employed full time from 41.6 percent to 66 percent by 2017.
Raise DC gathered the majority of the data through national sources and District government agencies. The indicators include data related to education and employment, as well as data related to health and socioeconomic status.
BB Otero, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and a member of Raise DC’s Executive Team, said, “The fact that indicators are both academic and non-academic speaks to the understanding that our educational challenges cannot be resolved solely by our educational institutions. Local businesses, health and human services agencies, and community organizations play a critical role in supporting the academic success of our youth.”
Established in the spring of 2012, Raise DC is a growing partnership composed of committed local business, philanthropic, government, education and non-profit leaders. The partnership’s goal is to improve educational outcomes for District youth, and to develop a local pool of talented, workforce-ready young residents to fill available jobs within the city. The annual report card will be a signature product of the partnership.
Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools and a Raise DC Executive Team member, said that the report card’s release supports a re-energized citywide commitment to D.C. youth and families.
“This Raise DC Baseline Report Card provides more proof of what we need to change and do better for the children in the District,” Henderson said. “With Raise DC, we are using data in a smart way to inform our collaborative efforts, which is good for our students and for our city.”
For more information about Raise DC and to download an electronic copy of the Raise DC Baseline Report Card, visit http://www.RaiseDC.net.
In April 2012 Mayor Gray joined leaders from the government, private, philanthropic and non-profit sectors to unveil Raise DC, the District's comprehensive cradle-to-career initiative. The effort, which lays out a set of measurable outcomes and targets to ensure that all District youth are career-ready by age 24, joins a national movement of cities working to bring together a cross-sector group of leaders organized around a set of common goals and committed to using data to drive improvements.
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