The Opportunity Myth

This report showcases the findings from a large study conducted by The New Teacher Project (TNTP) in an effort to answer the question, “How can so many students be graduating from high school unprepared to meet their goals for college and careers?”. TNTP partnered with five diverse school systems, rural and urban, district and charter, to listen to students’ views on their educational experiences and observe how those experiences played out in their classrooms. They conducted thousands of interviews, lesson observations, and reviews of assignments and student work. The study found that students are receiving unequal access to four key resources they need to learn:

  • Grade-appropriate assignments
  • Strong instruction
  • A sense of deep engagement
  • High expectations

Throughout, this interactive report highlights findings through illustrations of individual students’ experiences and through their own words. A variety of stakeholders, including researchers, policy-makers, researchers, educators, and other leaders will find the content of the report enlightening. Readers will also appreciate the study as a model of how to put student voice at the forefront during research efforts.

Source Organization: The New Teacher Project (TNTP)

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