The 20 by 2020 Student Success Plan

The Motivation

Educate Texas, launched in 2003 as the Texas High School Project, was initially motivated by the need to address the declining graduation rates for Texas high school students, and the simultaneously low percentage of minority, low-income, first generation students earning higher education credentials (two- or four-year, or technical college).

Now, inspired by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 60x30TX Strategic Plan, Educate Texas recognizes a new motivation: by 2030, approximately 60% of Texans 25-34 will require a higher education credential to be gainfully employed. ‚ÄčTherefore, for most Texans, higher education beyond high school graduation is a requirement for success.

Texas is a leader in business and industry. To remain in this position, the state must address the gap between our rapidly changing market demands and the skills and experiences of our students by increasing the number of them who earn college degrees or postsecondary certifications.

The Response

We must achieve bold transformation to the Texas public and higher education system to prepare students for success in school, in the workforce and in life.

To achieve holistic educational change in Texas and create a robust talent pool equipped to succeed in the 21st century marketplace, Educate Texas has created the 20x2020 Student Success Plan. The plan was inspired by the Pareto Principle (frequently referred to as The 80/20 Rule, which states that 80 percent of results come from 20 percent of action) and The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell.

Our goal is to positively impact 20 percent of the nearly 7 million public school and higher education students and the 350,000 public education teachers in Texas by 2020. Reaching this goal will create a tipping point that will accelerate change for all of the state’s students and teachers. We seek to demonstrate how reaching a critical mass of success can tip the scales so all can fulfill their potential.

The 20 by 2020 Student Success Plan: Achieve a tipping point toward success by reaching 20 percent of Texas students and teachers in four key impact areas by 2020:

275,000 Students - College and Career Readiness
64,000 Students - Effective Teaching
320,000 Students - Higher Education
1,500,000 Students - Collective Impact

The 20 by 2020 Student Success Plan also supports the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (TEHCB) 60x30TX strategy to continually improve standards of excellence in Texas education. Realizing our goal will require collaboration with both public and private sectors with a shared vision to help students, educators, employers and the state succeed and flourish.