Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Topics / College-Ready Education (U.S.)

The foundation has set an ambitious goal in K-12 education: to graduate all students college-ready. Currently, only a third of students graduate on-time with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed beyond high school. Together with our partners, we are working to provide all students—especially low-income and minority students—with the opportunity to realize their full potential.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Q & A on the promise of education for Latino youth

Allan Golston chats with CHCI President Esther Aguilera about giving every child a great education.

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MDRC Study of NYC’s Small Schools: Personalized Instruction and Rigorous Curriculum Make a Difference

MDRC’s research shows how the learning environment provided by New York City’s small public high schools – a rigorous, relevant curriculum combined with a personalized focus and emphasis on developing the vital student-teacher relationship – can make all the difference when it comes to student achievement. This real-world example shows the dramatic improvements that can happen when great teachers have the time and resources they need to both support and challenge their students.

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Videotaped Lessons Change the Nature of Teacher Evaluation

When it comes to evaluation, teachers would prefer submitting videotapes of their best lessons rather than having their principals drop in, conspicuously, on their class. But it turns out that many principals prefer it too.

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In Batavia, Not-So-Strange Bedfellows

Batavia Local School District entered a partnership with Battelle for Kids to create teacher-led professional learning teams (PLTs), district leaders purposefully paired teachers in different grades and subject levels. Doing so eliminated the temptation to focus on tasks involving curriculum, planning, and common assessments. Instead, teachers could focus on observing each other, developing personalized growth plans, and supporting each other as they put those plans into place.

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Making Peer Coaching Work

In Colorado's Montezuma-Cortez School District, two school leaders developed a peer coaching model which helped leverage teachers’ knowledge in new ways.

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