Community Center for Education Results Programs
The Road Map Project was launched in 2010 when more than 500 individuals and organizations committed to closing the region’s opportunity gaps and building strong partnerships to accelerate progress. Now, project partners are taking a comprehensive set of actions to achieve the goal.
The Road Map Project is driven by an overarching concern for equity of opportunity and focuses on our region’s communities of highest need. We believe that race and poverty should not determine educational success. To accomplish our goal, we need all sectors of our community involved.
The Road Map Project is not intended to be a new program nor an attempt to compete with any of our region’s noteworthy education initiatives. No single organization, however innovative or powerful, can accomplish our region’s education needs alone. Hence the need and support for the Road Map Project.
The Road Map Project is identifying programs and innovations that are already making a positive difference and building on those successes by strengthening and broadening them. The project adds value by building strong public awareness of the urgent need to improve education results and by creating a strong strategic framework for improved collective impact.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The success of all students, regardless of income level, race or ethnicity, is central to improving the educational achievement and attainment for students in our region – and in this regard, there is much work to be done. Low-income students and students of color are achieving at much lower rates that their higher-income and white counterparts.
Road Map Project partners achieved a great win for students by collectively promoting the Washington State College Bound Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition at public institution rates for low-income students. In 2009, only 51 percent of Road Map Region students were signing up for this life-changing opportunity. In 2011, the Road Map Project started regularly releasing scholarship sign-up rates for each school leading up to the June 30th sign-up deadline. This new, data-driven strategy spurred a sense of competition among the districts and associated community partners. In the 2011-12 school year, 89 percent of 4,523 eligible students completed the College Bound Scholarship application.