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Educational Attainment: A Pathway to Prosperity

February 23, 2016 Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Access to quality education continues to be a vital link to economic well-being. By 2020, 64 percent of jobs in the U.S. will require education beyond high school, and 35 percent of jobs will require a bachelor’s degree or higher. A longitudinal study of Texas eighth graders found that only 20 percent of students studied earned a postsecondary degree, compared with less than 10 percent of low-income and underserved students.[1] In Dallas County, only 13 percent of high school students graduate ready to succeed in a post-secondary educational environment.

Because 80 percent of Texas K–12 students are staying within their local communities after high school graduation, it becomes apparent that these educational barriers affect not only individuals and their families, but the neighborhoods in which they live, particularly those that are low- and moderate-income.[2]

This forum explored promising practices, programs and policies that are working to improve the educational outcomes and ultimately, the financial well-being of young people, their families and their communities. Speakers highlighted the important link between access to educational opportunity and a strong and vibrant economy. See the full agenda below.



Tuesday, February 23

7:15 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

7:45 a.m.

Alfreda B. Norman, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

7:50 a.m.

Rob Kaplan, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

8:10 a.m.

Student Success and Leadership

Spotlight: Educate Texas 20 by 2020 Student Success Plan
Florence Shapiro, Board of Trustees, Communities Foundation of Texas

Spotlight: Tracking Eighth Graders’ Post-Secondary Outcomes
Ann Stern, President, Houston Endowment

8:30 a.m.

Out of School Time: Access to Quality Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Spotlight: Dallas City of Learning
Gigi Antoni, President and CEO, Big Thought

8:45 a.m.

Collective Impact: Aligning for Success

Spotlight: Equity and Excellence
Todd Williams, Executive Director, Commit! Partnership

9:05 a.m.

Panel Discussion
Florence Shapiro
Ann Stern
Gigi Antoni
Todd Williams
Moderator: Rob Kaplan

9:35 a.m.

Introducing Year Up!
Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO, Year Up

9:45 a.m.



  1. A New Measure of Educational Success in Texas: Tracking the Success of 8th Graders into and Through College,” National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
  2. 20 by 2020 Student Success Plan: A Bold Vision for Transforming Texas Public and Higher Education,” Educate Texas.