Education

Educational achievement impacts individuals and communities. Individuals with at least a high school diploma earn, on average, $9,000 more per year than do individuals who do not have a diploma.1 Communities with educated populations are more productive, more innovative, and earn higher salaries.2 This section of the report focuses on educating children, from pre-school through high school.

So far, 3% of child care providers in Lincoln have completed the first three steps in the new Step Up to Quality program established by Nebraska’s Step Up to Quality Child Care Act in 2013. Lincoln’s school age population and Lincoln Public Schools’ enrollment is growing. Lincoln Public School students score higher than the state averages for third grade reading, fourth grade writing, and eighth grade math proficiencies. Additionally, Lincoln Public Schools’ graduation rate is high compared to national averages. Children who are racial and ethnic minorities and those who are in poverty fare worse educationally than other children. This gap in achievement appears from the first standardized test in third grade and carries through to lower rates of high school graduation. Three of five public high school graduates enroll in postsecondary institutions (primarily four-year schools). In the Lincoln population overall, rates of college enrollment do not differ by race or ethnicity.

Early Child Care and Education are Considered Very Important

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Expense is a Barrier to Accessing High-Quality Early Child Care and Education

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Early Childcare Programs are Beginning to Implement Step Up to Quality

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K-12 Enrollment in Lincoln Public Schools has Grown 22% Since 2005

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Third Grade Reading Proficiency is Strong, but Varies by Student Characteristics.

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Fourth Grade Writing Proficiency is Strong, but Varies by Student Characteristics

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Eighth Grade Math Proficiency is Strong, but Varies by Student Characteristics

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High School Graduation and Drop-Out Rates are Improving

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High School Graduation and Dropout Rates Vary by Student Characteristics

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Three of Five of Lincoln Public Schools Graduates Enter Postsecondary Institutions

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Educational Attainment Varies by Race for Those 25 Years of Age and Older

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Footnotes

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