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% precisely because we, as a community, have much work to do, especially on behalf of under-resourced children and families.
Attainment of these goals and nearer-term Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) targets 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.