In just a few short years, the goal of ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers has been widely embraced.
Achieving this goal is absolutely essential. In this complex, global society, every student needs some form of education beyond high school and the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and in a good job. Without those abilities, students—especially those who have been left behind by the education system—will not be able to live productive lives, enjoy satisfying careers, or take their place as citizens. They will probably remain poor, and their children will remain poor.
Yet the goal of college readiness for all can only be achieved by supporting teachers and teaching. Learning takes place in the bond between a teacher and a student. Teachers must be prepared to teach students to high levels in order for students to reach that ambitious goal. Teachers want their students to be successful, and they want to do their best. But to do so, they need support.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is producing the Let’s Talk series to share what we are learning from our investments and the work of our partners. Our goal is to share what districts and schools should consider—and avoid—so that we can all learn from each other as we continue to advance college readiness for all students.