C2C Outcomes

High School Graduation

THE GOAL:

Increase the number of youth in the RMC2C Partnership graduating high school on time


THE DATA:

Only 75% of RMC2C Partnership youth are graduating from high school on time, if at all.

Data Source: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdereval/gradratecurrent


WHY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION?

With the overarching goal of ensuring that our children and youth become productive, contributing members of the workforce, the RMC2C Partnership is focused on increasing student achievement and the safety and well-being of children and youth in our community.  To support this effort, the RMC2C Partnership has identified critical points along the cradle to career pipeline which will impact that goal. High school graduation is associated with higher economic earnings, post-secondary enrollment and completion, and positive personal and social outcomes*. As post-secondary education continues to serve as a precursor for upward mobility, graduating more students from high school is critical.

High school graduation is a major indicator for economic earnings throughout adulthood. Those who do not graduate from high school are more likely to live in poverty than those who do graduate, and this is affected by the fact that unemployment rates for youth who did not graduate from high school are higher than for high school graduates. Research also shows that high school graduation predicts additional life outcomes, such as health, mortality, teen childbearing, marital outcomes, and crime.

Increasing the educational attainment of one generation improves the academic and social outcomes of the next generation. This is why the High School Graduation CAN will work to improve high school graduation rates within the RMC2C Partnership, so that ALL youth have the chance to succeed and prepare for the next step in their Cradle to Career journey: post-secondary enrollment and attainment.