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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.

Better Feedback for Better Teaching

Better Feedback for Better Teaching: A Practical Guide to Improving Classroom Observations offers practical guidance for improving observer training, assessment, and monitoring so all educators can benefit from trustworthy observations that provide them with meaningful, accurate, and actionable feedback.

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To Show Teachers Appreciation, We Can Start By Listening

Good policy takes into account the perspectives, needs, and input of a range of stakeholders. In education, that means listening to parents, teachers, administrators and students to truly understand how the system is working for them and what they need to be successful.

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Success in school starts at home

It's hard to do homework when you don't have a home. An innovative program based in Tacoma, Washington, is expanding statewide to support more schools in identifying and supporting the growing population of homeless students. Because success in school starts at home.

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Tribute to Mr. Gray

Irvin Scott, Deputy Director of US Programs, shares his story of a fellow teacher who helped inspire him.

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How A Teacher Helped My Son—and Me—Aim Higher

Matthew Rodriguez, President of the Illinois PTA, shares how his son's teacher taught him the value of high expectations.

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