The GLR Campaign recognizes Tacoma, Washington, as a 2016 Pacesetter for its exemplary efforts to drive with data and focus the entire community on key metrics and milestones. Graduate Tacoma, building on a collective impact approach, works in alignment with Tacoma Public Schools and more than 240 community partners to propel the Graduate Tacoma movement.
Graduate Tacoma convenes four collaborative action networks (CANs), including The Early Learning & Reading Network and The Out of School & Summer Learning Network. Both focus specifically on increasing third-grade reading proficiency and expanding summer learning access to their most disenfranchised students. These CANs meet regularly and based on collective knowledge, followed by action, address the indicators they have identified to move the needle for student success. Each CAN has identified short-term (2020), mid-term (2025) and long-term (2030) goals, drawing on student-level data, to set targets and measure progress. CANs use disaggregated data to identify the neighborhoods where students are missing out on summer learning opportunities and, through collective efforts, have successfully made more summer learning slots available in those disparate areas and have seen more students filling them.
With a goal of effectively displaying data to inform, educate and galvanize the public, as well as assuring that data are used more efficiently for program planning, the coalition has built internal capacity by hiring a full-time data manager.