Measuring Progress To Success

For each step along the pathway to success, we track specific indicators to mark our progress and to better understand what moves the dial for students and communities

A Brighter Future

When Covid-19 disrupted access to education for students across the country, we knew that our community in Appalachian Kentucky would be impacted.

Thousands of students and families were at risk of having their educational journey delayed and, in some cases, derailed. We knew that our work to ensure rural students’ transition from high school to postsecondary education would be more difficult, more complex and more essential. 

As the data below indicates, much of the progress that had been achieved in recent years has been set back. But, we believe that Partners for Rural Impact’s cradle-to-career infrastructure will accelerate the recovery and provide the foundation for an even brighter future.

Kindergarten Readiness

Our historical trends are in line with national outcomes: only 42% of U.S. children ages 3-5 score “on track” in all 4 domains of the national “Healthy and Ready to Learn” measurement

Reading Proficiency

Prior to the pandemic, 3rd graders in the Promise Zone were outpacing the state in reading growth and performance.

Math Proficiency

Prior to the pandemic, 8th graders in the Promise Zone were scoring at or above the state average in math.

Chronic Absenteeism

One school district and 22% (13) of individual schools, in the Promise Zone have already reached this target.

Prior to the pandemic, chronic absenteeism in the Promise Zone was trending downward.

High School Graduation

Our five-year graduation rate has seen a steady increase over the last decade.

College Graduation

Join us on our journey to accelerate educational outcomes for all rural students

We seek partnerships in the following areas:

  • With individuals and organizations to support our work in Appalachia and beyond
  • With organizations seeking to implement a place-based model in their community
  • With organizations interested in increasing their rural impact
  • With policymakers and advocates who want to align policy and investments to better serve rural needs