Officially launched in 2014, Higher Expectations is an initiative with the vision of creating a
- Post-Secondary Attainment
- Post-Secondary Enrollment
- High School Graduation
- Kindergarten Readiness
The annual report and the event at Wingspread were intended to inform the community about Higher Expectations’ work in the past year, while also having a chance to celebrate the community’s success and recognize the challenges that we continue to face.
The annual report highlights many key data points from “career to cradle.” For example, high school graduation rates among RUSD students have increased by 7% over the past 5 years. Those increases are even more dramatic for students of color and students that qualify as economically disadvantaged with increases of 17% points for Black/African American students and an 8% points for Hispanic/Latino students. While there is much to celebrate, Higher Expectations recognizes that there is work to be done to close achievement gaps.
Throughout the event, Higher Expectations encouraged community members to get involved with its work. Many of the opportunities presented included engaging with Higher Expectations network and volunteering with local nonprofits, such as the
The event concluded with a presentation of Higher Expectations’ data dashboards, which can be found the Higher Expectations website. These dashboards highlight data across the “career to cradle” continuum and provide an interactive interface that allows users to review more detailed data, and in some cases, compare data across geographies. You can learn more about the Data Dashboards here.