As we enter the final weeks of 2023, the SEP Team would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the successes Stark County schools saw in this year’s Ohio Department of Education and Workforce Report Cards.
A special thank you is due to our friends at the Stark County Educational Service Center who provided much of the updated data. Additional metrics will also be available on the Stark Education Partnership Data Dashboard in the coming weeks.
Reading & Math Success
In the most recent reporting cycle, there are increases in the metrics for Third Grade Reading and Eighth Grade Math Success.
Third Grade Reading and Eighth Grade Math Success are both early indicators of future success for students. These metrics both surpassed their 2021 post-pandemic numbers, indicating an upward trend and continued recovery from learning loss that may have occurred during that time.
Industry Credentials & Total Degrees
This most recent reporting cycle also showed increases in the metrics for Students Earning a Recognized Industry Credential, and Total Degree Attainment.
The percentage of Students Earning a Recognized Industry Credential increased from 11.60% to 16.23% and the percentage of Total Degree Attainment rose from 33.60% to 35.90%. Our students are graduating from their respective programs, increasingly ready for employment at all levels.
As a result of SEP’s career-connected learning initiative, we anticipate further increases in the coming years both in industry credential and degree attainment. These metrics are directly aligned with SEP’s mission and vision, and it is encouraging to see growth already taking place across Stark County.
As students participate in career-connected learning, including work-based learning experiences, one goal is to help them build a career plan informed by these experiences and to take concrete next steps following graduation. We look forward to increases in credential attainment, college persistence,