The KING 5 report on the Washington Roundtable analysis we wrote about yesterday highlights the importance of targeting investments to improve low-performing schools. The two-minute video is well worth your time and attention.
The Olympian newspaper also has an editorial referencing the Roundtable’s earlier study that identified 740,000 new jobs opening up in the next five years and the importance of postsecondary education in securing those opportunities for Washington students.
The Washington Roundtable, which represents chief executives of businesses in the Northwest, and the Boston Consulting Group teamed up on a report late last year that predicts Washington will see 740,000 job openings over the next five years — through 2021.
“The majority of job opportunities — particularly those that will support upward mobility and good quality of life — will be filled with workers who have postsecondary education or training,” the Roundtable reported. “Recognizing the need to prepare our kids for these opportunities, the Washington Roundtable has set an ambitious goal: By 2030, 70 percent of Washington students will earn a postsecondary credential by the age of 26.”
Americans with no more than a high school diploma have fallen so far behind college graduates in their economic lives that the earnings gap between college grads and everyone else has reached its widest point on record.
College graduates, on average, earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute. That was up from 51 percent in 1999 and is the largest such gap in EPI’s figures dating to 1973.
Our state continues to generate exciting and rewarding career opportunities. It’s imperative that policymakers act to make sure Washington students receive the education and training required to win those jobs.