- Students have big, clear plans.
- Most students do what they’re asked in school but are still not ready to succeed after school.
- Students spend most of their time in school without access to four key resources: grade-appropriate assignments, strong instruction, deep engagement, and teachers who hold high expectations.
- Students of color, those from low-income families, English language learners, and students with mild to moderate disabilities have even less access to these resources than their peers.
- Greater access to the four resources can and does improve student achievement—particularly for students who start the school year behind.
The Opportunity Myth: What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down – And How To Fix It
“We’ve been telling students that doing well in school creates opportunities—that showing up, doing the work, and meeting teachers’ expectations will prepare them for their futures. Unfortunately, that’s a myth.” TNTP’s newest report, The Opportunity Myth, tackles answering the question: “How can so many students be graduating from high school unprepared to meet their goals for college and careers?”, after observing nearly 4,000 students in 5 diverse school systems. Here’s what they found: