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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.

Ready for Kindergarten

Pre-K is high-quality education, not just a place to put your kids. Teaching pre-K is hard work--these are the people who are molding and shaping your kid, and everything they do matters. Because of our quality pre-K experience, I feel confident that we're ready for Kindergarten.

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What it takes to close the opportunity gap in Washington state

A more equitable society would offer those resources to every student, focusing first on the places where resources have been lacking or denied, in order to intentionally close the opportunity gap.

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Celebrate and Support: The Step from Graduation to College Is a Big One

This year and every year, we at the foundation are committed to ensuring that more students walk across the stage to receive their diploma and leave that ceremony college ready.

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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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