The Cincinnati Inquirer reported findings released in April 2015 that examined the StrivePartnership of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. StrivePartnership focuses on the success of children: every child, every step of the way, cradle to career, with a focus on kindergarten readiness, fourth grade reading, 8th grade math, high school graduation, and college completion. StrivePartnership unites more than 300 cross-sector representatives and providers around shared issues, goals, measurements and results. These findings show the power of uniting stakeholders around a shared goal and shared measurement system.
Comparing 2014 to 2005 baseline data of public, parochial, and postsecondary schools, the report found that across the region, scores have improved. Results indicate:
- Cincinnati Public Schools saw an 8% increase in high school graduation rates;
- All districts show improvements in 27 of the 30 indicators.
- Kindergarten readiness has increased since the baseline year (57% of children are prepared vs. 44% in 2005).
- Of children prepared for kindergarten, 85 percent are on-track with reading by third grade.
However, indicators also showed room for improvement. Results show:
- More than 1,720 children showing up for kindergarten unprepared, not knowing their colors, shapes, letters or numbers. Of these children, roughly 87% were from economically disadvantaged families and 74% were non-white.
- Children are showing up for kindergarten without the necessary social and emotional components to succeed; they don’t know how to sit still and follow directions, or they struggle communicating with their teacher or working in groups.
- Of those unprepared for kindergarten, only 43% are on-track with reading by third grade, showing the importance of kindergarten readiness on later school success.