“State of Education in Metro Atlanta” Report Highlights Cradle-to-Career Continuum for Student Success
Progress identified on several key indicators; regional focus helps improve outcomes for all students.
Learn4Life (L4L) released its third annual “State of Education in Metro Atlanta” report today. Progress was demonstrated in several key indicators: early grade literacy, eighth grade math proficiency and high school graduation. This year’s report highlights effective strategies that are having uncommon success in improving childhood literacy and post-secondary success, in addition to reporting on the region’s overall performance on key cradle-to-career indicators. In total, Learn4Life has identified six community-wide indicators as the keys to achieving a cradle-to-career vision of success for every child.
The report also recognizes several scaling success stories over the past year: more children are able to improve their reading skills through access to free vision tests and glasses; more teachers are gaining access to cutting-edge literacy training; more books are incorporated into pediatric care to encourage families to read and learn together; and additional high school students are receiving the support they need to navigate the challenges of applying for and preparing for post-secondary success.
“We continue to be energized by the support for collective action in metro Atlanta. Our business, philanthropic and educational leaders remain eager to work together to lift up solutions to improve education for all of our students,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “By leveraging the talents and resources across metro Atlanta, Learn4Life has identified proven solutions that we can scale for the benefit of students throughout the region.”
Working with dozens of regional leaders, Learn4Life is identifying and elevating “bright spots” of success to scale throughout metro Atlanta. In this past year, Learn4Life identified and has worked to scale three proven solutions to help address some of the underlying factors of our region’s post-secondary completion rate challenges.
- College Advising Corp: places well-trained, recent college graduates from our partner universities as full-time college advisers into high school counseling offices.
- OneGoal: equips teachers with curriculum, coaching and technology to guide a cohort of students through a daily, credit-bearing class to help navigate post-secondary education.
- The Scholarship Academy: a comprehensive scholarship preparatory program that teaches low-income, first-generation college students how to navigate the maze of financial aid in order to fund their college education.
“The 2019 ‘State of Education in Metro Atlanta’ Report serves as a call to action to each stakeholder in the region to come together to support strategies that have been proven to address the root causes of academic underperformance,” said Ken Zeff, executive director of Learn4Life. “Learn4Life’s first two years were marked by collaboration and action. We now have identified more than a half-dozen proven strategies that hold the promise to move our region forward.”
Launched in 2016, Learn4Life brings together school systems, local communities, businesses, and nonprofits to improve education outcomes based on common goals and shared benchmarks. Four civic institutions anchor the initiative – Atlanta Regional Commission, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the United Way of Greater Atlanta – which is governed by a larger leadership council comprised of a diverse group of senior executives.
Eight participating school superintendents across the five-county region are at the nexus of the program. Learn4Life is designed to serve over 600,000 students across all eight participating school districts: Atlanta Public Schools, City Schools of Decatur, Clayton County Schools, Cobb County Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools, Gwinnett County Public Schools, and Marietta City Schools.
“We are thrilled to work together with our partner districts as part of Learn4Life,” commented Dr. Morcease Beasley, superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools. “We want to continue to learn and contribute to a metro Atlanta agenda to serve all students.”
“Learn4Life is a platform for our region’s education leaders and civic leaders to build a model of collaboration and progress,” commented Alicia Philipp, president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “By engaging in a rigorous, data-based process, the hundreds of leaders engaged in this work are developing a cradle-to-career pipeline that works for all of metro Atlanta.”
Learn more about the partnership or read the report at www.L4LMetroAtlanta.org.
Learn4Life (L4L) is the Metro Atlanta Regional Education Partnership, a collaborative effort that brings together school systems, local communities, business, and nonprofits to improve education outcomes based on common goals and shared indicators of progress. Our overall goal is to improve workforce readiness and student achievement using a data-driven, collective impact approach. Learn more at L4LMetroAtlanta.org.