StrivePartnership Releases 2017-2018 Cradle-to-Career Data Report

One of StrivePartnership’s primary commitments to the community is to share how children and learners in our region are progressing academically on their lifelong journey from cradle to career. One way we provide this is by sharing data relative to six priority outcomes. Our 2017-2018 data report represents a snapshot of local education data from early childhood through postsecondary for the urban core of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

StrivePartnership is focusing particular attention on improving math proficiency in middle grades in response to research that shows a strong correlation between math proficiency in eighth grade and success in high school and postsecondary education.

In partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Strive Partnership is supporting Cincinnati Public Schools’ effort to build a Network for School Improvement in eighth grade math. The initiative will use continuous quality improvement practices to identify, test and refine solution that help improve outcomes among black, Latino and low-income students.

The report offers a glimpse into some big strides and some continuing challenges. Eighth grade math results remain unacceptably low in Cincinnati, but we celebrate big progress among African American and Hispanic students. African American proficiency grew to 22 percent from 13.5 percent, while Hispanic proficiency nearly doubled to 29 percent from 16.4 percent.

“The data reflect the hard work being undertaken by our urban school districts. We’ve made some encouraging headway in some areas like Covington’s kindergarten readiness and Cincinnati’s 8th grade math scores, but we have a continuing challenge to lift up even more students,” StrivePartnership Executive Director Byron White said.

We encourage readers to use caution when attempting to make comparisons across the data. It is not always possible to accurately compare data across districts and institutions – and sometimes year to year – due to different state assessments and different methods in which indicators are measured. The purpose of this report, and sharing data in general, is to ensure that the community generally is knowledgeable of the current state of student performance in our region and to guide our collective efforts to improve education success considering these outcomes.

The data are reported in the context of outcomes and indicators. Outcomes are points along the cradle to career education continuum that are proven to be key levers that need to be moved in order to achieve the cradle to career vision and goals, with kindergarten readiness being one example. Indicators are specific measures that are being used to track progress on moving the community level outcomes, such as the percentage of children who are assessed as ready for school at kindergarten. We are tracking indicators across six outcomes areas:

See a snapshot of 2017-2018 data for Cincinnati, Covington and Newport.

Our goal remains to continually search for new and better ways to measure progress toward our collective goals. Going forward, we will be providing this information in a manner that is much more immediate and accessible. StrivePartnership’s Performance Analytics team – in collaboration with KnowledgeWorks– is working on a more dynamic, online delivery system that will allow you to tap into a broader array of relevant indicators, from a wider group of students, in a more timely fashion.

Central to this focus is a continued commitment to sharing knowledge, building upon what works and driving action to improve key outcomes along every child's path to education success. We will be reporting throughout the coming year on how the ecosystem is performing and what lessons we are learning from other communities.

Stay tuned later this spring and summer for new tools and support from StrivePartnership – including a new web-based ecosystem inventory portal – to help you do that.