7 COMMUNITY GOALS & INDICATORS

Goal 1: Early Care & Education

Goal 1: Early Care & Education


Children have access to quality, affordable early care and education.

Early learning is key to language and social development and can impact later learning in school and life. While 56% of working parents seek early care and education, today most working families either can’t access or can’t afford quality child care. We need more quality early care and education spaces and solutions for affordability.

Goal 2: Kinder-Ready

Goal 2: Kinder-Ready


Children are prepared for kindergarten.

Today 25% of children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten. Many factors contribute to this, including quality early learning, families reading to their children daily, mothers getting prenatal care and the education levels of the child’s mother.

Goal 3: Language & Literacy

Goal 3: Language & Literacy


Children read, write and learn English in the elementary grades.

Today 51% of students who enter school fluent in English read and write on grade level at the end of 3rd grade. 35% of English learners are re-designated as fluent by 5th grade, and 64% of those students read and write on grade level in 5th grade.

Goal 4: Critical Thinking

Goal 4: Critical Thinking


Middle school students think critically to design solutions to real world problems.

Today 38% of 8th graders are on grade level for English, including using listening skills, research and inquiry. Today 24% of 8th graders are on grade level in Mathematics, including using math concepts and procedures, problem solving and reasoning.

Goal 5: Youth Connectedness

Goal 5: Youth Development and Engagement


Middle and high school students are socially and emotionally healthy.

Today 48% of 7th graders report feeling connected to their school and community, including experiencing caring relationships, meaningful engagement and feeling challenged. 57% of youth feel safe or very safe at school. As we seek to increase these outcomes, we monitor decreases in risky behavior such as binge drinking, incidents of bulling, gang involvement and births to teen mothers.

Goal 6: College/Training Ready

Goal 6: College or Career Ready


High school graduates are prepared to enter a college or job training program and to pursue their career aspirations.

Today only 42% of high school students complete the college preparatory classes (“A-G courses”). 54% complete the FAFSA or Dream Act Application on time to get full financial aid. Students meeting or exceeding English language arts (48%) and/or math (21%) also help us to see how many students are ready for college.

Goal 7: Career Pathway

Goal 7: Post-High School Completion


Young adults complete a program, certificate or degree that qualifies them to enter a promising career.

Of the students who graduate from high school, approximately 31% complete a post high school career credential of some type, including earning a certificate or college degree.

Data is most current available at time of reporting (baseline data reported November 2015).
Date sources include: California Department of Education website (2020), Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (2015), California Healthy Kids Survey and the California Student Aid Commission.