Educated

An educated St. Louis region provides high-quality opportunities to all citizens in all age groups and attainment levels.

The St. Louis region has a strong history of commitment to high quality education and diverse educational choices. The region has several nationally-recognized and ranked universities, research institutions, and professional training programs. However, residents throughout the region expressed concern about education quality and its importance to their own community and to regional vitality. Even in areas where people felt their schools were good, residents still expressed concern about overall educational quality.

The key to improving education is to identify and build upon the region’s existing strengths and assets. OneSTL partners will focus on improving educational standards and access across the region. On-going cooperation and coordination between education, business and government should address issues in student preparation and educational disparity, and identify the strategies to prepare all students to be life-long learners.

Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Volunteer Rate

Percent of residents who volunteer

Up 2010

32.1%

2015

25.4%

Cultural/Arts Institutions

Cultural/arts nonprofit revenue per capita in constant dollars

Up 2010

$ 105.90

2012

$ 114.69

Voter Participation

Voter turnout among registered voters in the presidential election

Up 2008

69.5%

2016

67.5%

School Quality

Percent of third grade public school students who meet or exceed reading proficiency standards

Up 2016

55.3%

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High School Graduation

Percent of public high school students who graduate within four years (four-year adjusted-cohort graduation rate)

Up 2011

79.3%

2016

87.4%

College Attainment

Percent of adults age 25 and over with a bachelor's or graduate degree

Up 2010

30.0%

2015

32.5%