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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…

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What We’re Learning: Early Lessons on New Spending Data

May 23, 2019

The Every Student Succeeds Act, known as ESSA, contains a less known provision that sets reporting requirements for school spending. Data on per-pupil budgets and per-pupil expenditures will be available for every school in every community. This is a significant change from the past, when data was largely only reported by…

What We’re Learning: Helping Students Get To and Through College

April 17, 2019

Scan almost any school system web site and you will find a mission statement. While some make a broad commitment to helping students succeed in tomorrow’s world and reach their full potential, most prominently and proudly tout that they are preparing students for success after high school. But, despite these…