"You hear people say, ‘Well, a four-year degree isn’t needed,’ ” Connie Ballmer, the philanthropist and wife of the former Microsoft C.E.O. Steve Ballmer, recently told me.
“But then if you turn to them and say, ‘What do you want for your child?’ they wouldn’t dream of not having their kid go to a four-year college,” she continued. “They said it’s not needed — but they need it.”
Graduation rates across Spartanburg County are a bright spot in the cradle to career perspective. While work is still underway to identify measurements of "college ready" and "career ready," high graduation rates across demographics where concerning disparities are observed at earlier achievement benchmarks, is a sign that even where children face obstacles, the system in place supports their long-term ability to be prepared to reach this goal. However, high school graduation itself is no longer the target destination. SAM is in the process of digging deeper into how we can measure the qualities reflected in the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate and surround our students and schools with the support needed - so that a diploma from a Spartanburg County High School is measurably representative of the skills and qualities every child needs to access their chosen path for college and career success as well as economic freedom and mobility for life.