Successful Kids = Strong Communities Sharon Morris, Co State Library Sparking Connections ALD Staff Development Day October 10, 2011
10 of 24 at reading level or above
14 struggle with reading
8 of 24 at reading level or above
Colorado 8 th Graders: 16 of 24 (2/3) test below reading level
# of 24 students to graduate in four years? 18 6
Colorado drop out rate for 2009, 27.7% . 1 in 4 students drop out of high school
5 community college – 2 will need remedial help as freshmen 4 to four-year college or university – 1 will need remedial help $1 Billion Annually College
Of 24 original students, an average of five will graduate from college in 4-5 year time frame. They will make over $1 million dollars more than the high school graduate over a forty year period .
Dropping Out – A closer look 15% less likely to be employed Earn 30% less that those with diploma/GED Less healthy Die at younger age Higher risk of entanglement with criminal justice system More likely to have children at a younger age
Dropping Out – Cost to society 15% less likely to be employed Earn 30% less that those with diploma/GED Will not contribute as many taxes as others More likely to need social welfare assistance Less healthy Die at younger age Need more health resources; not as likely to have health insurance – Medicaid costs Higher risk of entanglement with criminal justice system Cost of corrections for inmates costs millions More likely to have children at a younger age Creates a cycle of poverty and low education among children (unless there is intervention by them or externally)
Nationally If we cut the dropout rate in half… we could gain back $45 billion annually.