Washington is home to a diverse economy with a broad range of anchor industries, including agriculture, aerospace, health care, manufacturing, retail, technology, and more. Increasingly the jobs available in our state are being filled by workers who have completed a postsecondary credential – such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. Right now, it’s estimated that just 41% of our high school students go on to earn such a credential by age 26. Washington needs more students completing credentials in all categories. Our goal: 70% credential attainment by the high school class of 2030. Join us on the #pathto70
"Path to 70% Credential Attainment"
"Creating Great Schools for Washington Students"
"Pathways to Great Jobs in Washington State"
of students in the high school class of 2006 earned a credential by age 26.
of the high school class of 2015 projected to earn a credential by age 26.
of students in the high school class of 2030 attain a credential by age 26.
The 70% goal is ambitious; the high school class of
will be in 3rd grade in 2020-21.
Dramatic Growth Needed in Credential Attainment
Credential attainment by age 26 is projected to increase to 41% for the high school class of 2017. That represents an average annual increase of less than 1%. At that speed, Washington will fall 20 points short of the credential attainment goal for the high school class of 2030.
The Race Gap
The Gender Gap
The Income-Based Gap
Raising postsecondary attainment among Washington kids will elevate individual earning potential, reduce unemployment and poverty, and save the state billions a year in social spending.
Learn more about how to help students get the credentials they need.