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The Opportunity Myth: What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down – And How To Fix It

Justin Warren, Chamberlin Family Foundation
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“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:
  • 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.
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