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Changing the answer to
‘Are you a math person?’

March 2, 2020

Talk to anyone in your circle of family, friends, and co-workers and it won’t be long before someone says, “I’m not a math person.” Comparatively, when it comes to English Language Arts, we don’t have an American norm of saying, “I’m not a reading person.” So why is it so…

Networks for School Improvement (NSI) 2020 Update

February 25, 2020

Below is an update on the Networks for School Improvement Strategy from launch until now, as well as what is next in building out this work with partners. I. Our Commitment The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to ensuring that all students—especially Black, Latinx, and low-income students—have an…

What Do High School Leaders Know About Their Students’ Paths After High School? Not Enough.

December 12, 2019

The old adage “You don’t know what you don’t know” can be problematic when it comes to understanding how high schoolers are doing after graduation. For school leaders, a lack of data makes it hard to craft goals and metrics around high school graduates’ postsecondary paths. Too few high school…

These grants went to 21 networks supporting 298 schools serving 250,000 students. Here’s what we’ve learned.

July 30, 2019

How do we improve outcomes for Black, Latino, and low-income students — helping them to graduate high school and persist in earning a degree or credential that opens doors to good jobs and career paths? The question remains the central touchstone of the Gates Foundation’s work in education for more…