College Ready Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

For generations, education has been the springboard to opportunity in America. But today, other countries are catching up with and even outpacing us. The times have changed—our schools need to change with them.

We live in a globally connected, information saturated world. To thrive, our students need to learn in and out of school, in person and online, together and independently. Students need learning experiences that meet them where they are, engage them deeply, let them progress at a pace that meets their individual needs, and helps them master the skills for today and tomorrow.

Teachers need the feedback and professional growth opportunities they want to help their students succeed instead of generic, one-size-fits all solutions that don’t help them grow as professionals.

The stakes are high. Limited opportunity for too many young people results in dramatically lower life prospects for them and a worse quality of life for all of us.

The Opportunity

By focusing on the common goal of improving education through innovation—and by building on and sharing effective tools, strategies, and standards—educators, school leaders, and nonprofit partners across the country can transform U.S. public education.


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