Higher educational attainment for all children means higher state and local revenues, fewer people requiring costly support from state and local programs and greater ability to drive economic growth and innovation. For individuals, education means employment, self-sufficiency... and opportunity.

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The academic achievement gap is wide. In Marin, scoring proficient or better on key measures of academic performance is highly correlated with family economic status and race or ethnicity.   The gap between children who are succeeding in school and those who are not is as much as 60% on key indicators such as third grade reading proficiency when comparing children who are poor to those who are not, and White students to African American and Latino students.

In 2012, 65% of 3- and 4-year-old children in Marin were enrolled in preschool all or part of the year. (Children Now Scorecard, 2014)   This means that 35% of our children may enter kindergarten without preschool skills that can help them succeed in school.  The educational opportunity gap begins here. While 84% of White children in Marin attended preschool, only 35% of Latino children attended.

Only 34% of economically disadvantaged 3rd graders scored proficient or higher compared to 77% of those not disadvantaged. 37% of Latino and 48% of African American 3rd graders scored proficient or higher compared to 78% of White students. (California Department of Education, 2013)

In 2013, 72% of 8th graders and 40% of 9th graders who took the California Standards Test for Algebra I scored proficient or higher. 39% of 8th grade students identified as economically disadvantaged scored proficient or higher compared to 84% of 8th graders not disadvantaged. Among 7th through 11th graders who took the  California Standards Test for Algebra I, 63% of White students and 80% of Asian students scored proficient or higher, while only 10% of African American students and 26% of Latino students passed. (California Department of Education, 20123

The 2013 Marin County graduation rate was 91.4%.   This means 113 of 2,226 students in Marin did not graduate.   Rates for graduation varied by race and ethnicity. The graduation rate was 95% for Asian and White students, 83% for Latino students, and 80% for African American students.   Marin County’s dropout rate is 5.1%.   (Ed-Data, 2013)

In 2013, only 61% of Marin high school graduates completed requirements for UC and CSU. The opportunity gap among students was wide. 71% of White students, 76% of Asian students and only 37% of Latinos and 28% of African American students completed required courses. Rates of completion rose among all  students. (Ed-Data, 2013)