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.

Mountaintop Reflections: What Do You Do When Opportunity Knocks?

I joined more than 300 teachers at the 2014 Snowbird Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching (ECET2 - pronounced EE-Set two or EE-Set squared) conference. For two and a half exciting and inspiring days the energy and creativity of the ECET2 experience was palpable.

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Focus on Teachers: Teacher Colleague Circle on Universal Design for Learning

One ECET2 Colleague Circle shares their experience of visiting the CHIME Institute Charter School to see UDL (Universal Design for Learning) in action.

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Making College Aspirations a Reality: Through Hope and Cold, Hard Cash

One program in Washington state is helping more students get to college.

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A Lesson on the Common Core

What exactly are the Common Core State Standards? This explains it.

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A Teacher's Vision for Common Core

A teacher from Washington, D.C., Alexandra Fuentes, advocates that we must stay the course on Common Core.

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