Studies show that more than 60 percent of the jobs will require post-secondary education by the year 2018. Yet less than 40 percent of Idahoans currently have a post-secondary certificate or degree. If we don’t narrow that gap, we will not have the educated and skilled workforce we need to help Idaho’s economy grow.
Unfortunately, Idaho is not moving in the right direction.
Only 46 percent of the 2013 high school graduating class enrolled in any two- or four-year college in the fall of last year. Even those who enroll have a high drop-out rate, largely because they are ill-prepared for the rigorous of college course work.
The Idaho Core Standards raise the bar for what Idaho’s students learn in math and English. They better prepare them for the rigors of post-secondary education. In short, the Standards set our young people up for success in school, work and life.
There is an urgency to get more young people to graduate from high school and obtain a post-secondary credential. 2018 is only four years away. Nothing less than the economic vitality and the quality of life in our great state are at stake if we don’t have qualified workers for our businesses.
That’s why it is important for all Idahoans, especially parents, to embrace the Idaho Core Standards and help prepare our young people for successful lives. For jobs where they can support their families and enjoy all the wonderful things Idaho has to offer.
Idaho Business for Education