Our Goals

The 2025 targets for improvement in our region were established through broad discussion with the community and approval by the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative Board of Directors, itself a diverse group of community leaders.

Targets are set to accomplish significant, achievable improvement by 2025. They are not yet set at 100% because we, as a community, have much work to do, especially on behalf of under-resourced children and families.

Attainment of these goals should be embedded within tri-county school district strategies and made public. Progress in implementing these strategies should be regularly and rigorously assessed, and school leaders and school boards should be held accountable by parents, business leaders and civic leaders, including mayors, county councils and Lowcountry legislative leaders. Currently, there is no evidence that this is happening in our region.

Tri-County Yearly Results and 2025 Targets by Core Indicator

Core Indicator 2016 2017 2018 2025 Target
Kindergarten Readiness 68% * 44% 43% 85%
3rd Grade Reading Proficiency 52% 48% 51% 85%
3rd Grade Math Proficiency 58% 57% 57% 85%
8th Grade Reading Proficiency 51% 45% 44% 85%
8th Grade Math Proficiency 37% 40% 40% 85%
On-Time High School Graduation Rate 84% 85% 85% 90%
College-Ready Rate 35% 40% ** 42% 65%
Work-Ready Rate 67% 65% 65% 95%
High School Graduates Enrolled in 2-Year or 4-Year Institution 61% 59% 61% 85%
High School Graduates Completed a 2-Year or 4-Year Degree on Time *** 35% (class of 2010) 34% (class of 2011) 35% (class of 2012) 50%

Each target includes the requirement that race disparities be reduced by half.

Sources: S.C. Department of Education, ACT, WorkKeys, Ready to Work Career Readiness Assessment and National Student Clearinghouse

* Note: In 2016, kindergarten students took the Developmental Reading Assessment 2nd Edition Plus (DRA) at the end of the school year. Our kindergarten readiness core indicator is intended to measure the readiness of the “whole child,” but the 2016 assessment, measured at the end of kindergarten, included literacy preparation only. It is, therefore, insufficient, and, moreover, we believe the assessment overstates current levels of readiness. In 2017, kindergarten students took the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) at the beginning of the school year, providing a more holistic and accurate level of readiness.

** Note: All 11th grade high school students took the ACT, a college readiness assessment, in 2016 and 2017. At face value, results appear to show a 5 percentage-point increase. However, in the 2017 school year, the S.C. Department of Education lowered the college-ready benchmark from a composite score of 21 to 20. In the 2018 school year, the S.C. Department of Education changed the career-ready assessment from WorkKeys to the Ready to Work Career Readiness Assessment.

*** Note: On-time graduation means a 4-year degree is completed within six years and a 2-year degree is completed within three years.