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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.

Gates Foundation Names New K-12 Strategy Director

The Gates Foundation is thrilled to welcome Robert (Bob) L. Hughes as the new director of its K-12 education strategy.

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ECET2: A Community of Change

In late January, 300 teachers from 40 states and Washington, DC gathered in San Diego for three days to tap into the intellect and passion that drives their work. The convening, called ECET2: Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers, serves to harness the power of teachers to lead, deepen connections between teachers, and celebrate/elevate the profession as a whole.

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What Does Personalized Learning Mean to You?

At Dallas Independent School District (ISD), personalized learning is more than just an idea—it’s a culture. It’s about helping students take ownership of their learning. And most importantly, it’s about encouraging students to take responsible risks that help them discover their passions and interests.

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Leaders & Lessons: A Conversation with Former Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery

Gavin and former MD Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery discuss what policymakers and other stakeholders should focus on in order to raise student achievement. Dr. Lowery has led and implemented some of the most significant educational initiatives of the past decade, including securing a Race to the Top grant and transitioning to the Common Core State Standards and new assessments.

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10 Examples of Progress in Washington State

2015 included its share of memorable moments for our Pacific Northwest partners and our community.

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