Chapter 04

Together, the All Hands Raised Partnership has written four chapters in our shared work. Chapter 04, published in Winter of 2019, highlights the innovative work happening on the ground with school community site teams across the community – working in new ways and with new partners to find the practices that most directly lead to improved educational outcomes for all of our kids.


Some insights from Chapter 04 include:

  • Across Multnomah County school districts, graduation rates have climbed 20 percentage points since 2009. Latino students have seen a 31 point increase and African American students have gained 22 points – all promising signs of improvement.
  • Our work to reduce rates of disproportionate discipline has deepened and expanded to include health and mental health partners. As a result of results-driven collaboration across the county, nineteen percent fewer students of color were suspended or expelled in Multnomah County schools last year compared to six years earlier.
  • An unprecedented, unified effort across schools and community partners has methodically driven up completion rates of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by 13 percentage points since 2014. FAFSA completion is a key driver of post-secondary enrollment for local high school graduates. In addition, the relationships between construction and manufacturing trade partners and high schools are stronger than they have been in decades, and high school and community college staffs are working in new collaborations to ensure more kids make it to and through their first year of college.
  • Breaking down silos and working in new ways, with an explicit focus on racial equity—the core of the Partnership—is difficult. And, our community remains committed to collaborating across sectors to improve outcomes for Multnomah County’s 220,119 children and youth. Since the All Hands Raised Partnership was formed in 2010, our shared table has remained strong, focused and resolute, even as we’ve seen major transitions in leadership across the Council and the broader community.


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