Are your state’s young people on track for prosperous self-determined lives?
How do you know?

Now, more than ever, states must lead to ensure a prosperous future for their communities.

Workforce and public education are profoundly connected for people who attend schools and seek jobs.  But the two systems are often disconnected in policy and practice.  As a result, improving access to opportunity is sporadic and slow.

State leaders can change that by looking at data across the systems as they make decisions.  That matters now more than ever as leaders focus on managing and recovering from the pandemic – and seeking to understand and repair the inequities faced by citizens of color. 

This tool is designed to help state leaders by providing key outcome metrics across young adulthood, post-secondary, secondary, elementary, and early childhood.

Why now?

Making hard, informed decisions during a time of change.

Due to COVID-19 and a renewed focus on race-based injustices, demand for equitable opportunity is magnified.  Schools need to deliver quality education in new, unproven ways. More families need childcare, more students are behind grade levels, more graduates have an unclear path into adulthood, and more adults are out of work.

Meanwhile, there is both a downturn in traditional revenue sources and an influx of significant flexible federal dollars.  Governors and state leaders need to make hard and informed decisions about priorities and spending with the end in mind.

Explore the Data

See how your state is preparing its young people across a variety of measurements from state assessments.

How to Use This Tool

This tool is a state-by-state, disaggregated compilation of the most recent, nationally recognized measures of performance across education into young adulthood. The data is meant to provide a baseline understanding of a state’s recent history and to prompt questions that look forward to impact. 

  • What data does your state have?  What data is needed to make informed decisions?
  • Do families have access to quality childcare and early childhood education?
  • Are the youngest students ready for kindergarten?
  • Are K-12 students ready for the next grade level?
  • What are young adults doing in the years after exiting high school? Are they engaging civically by voting and volunteering?
  • How has your state helped people through the system into adulthood?  Who is left behind?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted student learning?  How has it impacted the workforce?

What Is Next

We are releasing this tool in beta form to present a pre-COVID-19 baseline for immediate use by state leaders. We plan a second, more complete release that will include further analysis, exemplars, and updated data where available.