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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.

Every kid deserves opportunity

It is time that our city, state and nation recognize that all kids are our kids.

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Rethinking 12th Grade: Making the Most of Senior Year to Prepare All Students for Postsecondary Success

Ready or Not: It’s Time to Rethink the 12th Grade—a research series and initiative by Jobs for the Future—argues that improving senior year cannot actually happen by K-12 acting alone. While our nation’s secondary and postsecondary systems have a long tradition of independence, it is time now to consider a joint approach—a strategy that brings together high school and college educators where their interests converge and where they come closer than ever to sharing the same students.

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Getting to Graduation: It Takes a Community

A school district is more than just getting students to graduation. Former superintendent of Renton School District Mary Alice Heuschel talks about how her old school district is helping its students become lifelong learners.

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Schools Can’t Do It Alone: Afterschool & Summer Matter for Young People’s Success

Afterschool, youth development, and summer programs encourage skills that prepare students for the real world.

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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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