DLA’s economic development foundation

Economic development model.
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1.  Education IS economic development

For over two decades, three of the top four critical success factors have been:

  • Skilled workforce
  • Quality education
  • Research & Development

We can no longer let education continue as usual. Education is your state’s key economic development driver… or inhibitor.

NAEP reading 4th and 8 grades average scores

2. International education competitiveness is continuing to decline

Just a few indicators: 

  • Stalled student outcomes
  • STEM results
  • Lack of college preparedness
  • Declining international competitiveness

For generations, our education system has kept the U.S. competitive. But today, student outcomes in public education have flat-lined and are declining internationally, based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Nation’s Report Card

College preparedness is unacceptable, reported by the ACT Enrollment Management Trends Report. In 2011, only one-quarter of ACT-tested high school graduates met all four college readiness benchmarks.

High school students are not ready for college.
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The U.S. is declining in international competitiveness. Both China and India are increasing their proportion of college graduates, while the U.S. proportion has fallen. A projection based on current demographic and college enrollment trends shows that China and India may match the U.S. in the number of skilled workers.

Share of world’s college graduates.
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According to Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, the U.S. ranked 32nd internationally in Mathematics and 17th internationally in reading. 

In addition, the University of Southern California revealed that the U.S. is the clear leader in total annual education spending, as compared to the rest of the world.

Rise of long-term unemployment
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3. Training focus must be on existing workforce . . . and traditional students

America’s long-term unemployment crisis continues. Economists worry that the unprecedented elevation of the long-term unemployment rate risks becoming a structural, rather than cyclical, problem. People who are out of work six months or longer may begin to lose the skills and experience that makes them attractive to employers, resulting in their inability to find new jobs. 

4. Adopting a proven model will reverse trends

The Utah Model is proven to create successful economic growth. The proof that there is a connection between economic success and digital learning comes from the Utah Model. Utah has been awarded the Best State for Business by Forbes Magazine for six years in a row. 

The vision began with Utah legislators under Utah Governor Michael Leavitt, continuing under Governors Walker, Huntsman, and current Governor Gary Herbert.

DLA founders include executives from the Utah Partnership for Education and Economic Development and private industry.

Estimated pupil expenditures.
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5. Automation and advance digital learning technology are a “critical success factor”

Technology is critical to the success of most successful industry segments and integrating new technological advances reverses disappointing outcomes in student performance, career preparation, and employment opportunities. In addition, it is the foundation for significantly reducing education costs

6. Empower state legislatures to make significant change

Through state-base legislation, non-vendor-specific statewide digital education bills can change the education landscape. DLA can work with state legislators on language proven to enable learning by more students in ways each learns most effectively, while leveling the playing field for all technology vendors to respond to RFPs.

DLA legislative roadmap

7. Engage with DLA and our proven Legislative Road Map

Apply what has worked in Utah to your state and expect successful economic programs.

We created a 7-step Road Map to help legislators from coast-to-coast turn around their state economy.