To drive systems change, we need to start with the end in mind. The vision articulated in Texas’ 60x30TX Strategic Plan for Higher Education aims to assure economic prosperity for our students and our State with the target of 60% of young adults holding a postsecondary credential by 2030. Today, sixty percent of job openings in the Austin area require a bachelor’s degree. And, at least some sort of postsecondary certificate or degree is practically required to earn a living wage. Yet yearly postsecondary completion rates in Central Texas would need to be doubled to meet the 60x30TX objective. To accomplish this goal, we have to do something radically different across the education pipeline. Our research findings outline why college level math in high school is the key to degree completion and recommendations for strong math pathways in elementary, middle and the high school years.
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