College Readiness

School Spotlight: Noble Street College Prep

June 21, 2016 | Charter Schools

Noble Street College Prep is the first campus of the high-performing Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago. Serving more than 11,000 students, the school focuses on high expectations for students—most of whom are low-income and students of color—while giving them the support they need to succeed in college and life.…

Straight from the Students: On Track for College and Careers

June 21, 2016

Students explain how their teachers are preparing them to succeed after high school.

Keeping Students on Track: How to Identify and Address ‘Summer Melt’

June 10, 2016

For most students, receiving a college acceptance letter symbolizes the beginning of an exciting and rewarding journey. They breathe a sigh of relief as they head into high school graduation, knowing that they have the whole summer ahead to spend time with their friends and prepare for the transition to…

3 Ways the Class of 2016 Inspires Me

June 7, 2016 | Student Achievement

By Irvin Scott Last month, I was honored to address the 340 students graduating in the Class of 2016 at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, a two-year technical college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The college is named after a Pennsylvania congressman who passionately advocated for ending slavery during the Civil War…

This Graduation Season, We’re Celebrating #ProgressInK12

June 1, 2016

Graduation season is not just a time of celebration, joy, and anticipation for the future, it’s also an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the teachers and schools that go the extra mile for their students. And for our Progress in Action campaign, that’s exactly what we’ll do. Over the…

YouthTruth: New Findings on College and Career Readiness

February 1, 2016 | Student Achievement

How prepared do students feel for college and careers? Student perceptions are linked to academic outcomes, which makes understanding student feedback vital for student success now and in the future. YouthTruth, a national nonprofit harnessing student perceptions to help educators accelerate improvements in their K-12 schools and classrooms, recently analyzed…

Everyone Has a Right to Their Dream

January 21, 2016

Young people dream about what they’ll be when they grow up, but there’s a gap today between where high school ends and dreams begin. A gap fewer and fewer are able to leap. Hard work and determination are not enough. Today, a high school diploma isn’t the end of learning—it’s…

Spotlight on Kentucky

January 6, 2016 | Student Achievement

Kentucky has been a leader in the movement to more rigorous college and career ready standards to support their students’ success in the 21st century. The first state to adopt new college and career ready standards (CCRS), termed the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, Kentucky and many of its districts have…