Room to Run

What’s possible when students are challenged and inspired in school?

We don’t hear often enough from the people who know best: students. So we asked.

We asked students like Martin, who once thought pre-calculus was out of reach. Now he’s confident he can excel. He plans to be the first in his family to go to college.

I used to think of it as really hard and challenging—stuff that really smart people can do. Now I feel like I belong. I can go beyond what I thought I could do because of this class.

-Martin Rangel, 17

All students deserve the chance to stretch to their full potential in school. That’s why districts are adopting higher academic standards for students. This effort is essential—but it’s not easy.

In our work, we’ve reviewed thousands of classroom assignments in districts committed to higher standards. Only about 4 in 10 assignments are challenging enough to prepare kids for college. It’s a common challenge. Too many students graduate high school unprepared—and spend thousands on remedial courses in college.

Kids deserve schoolwork now that honors their aspirations for the future. They’re up to the challenge. So let’s hear from them: Meet five students and their classmates who show us what’s possible.

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About TNTP

TNTP is the nation’s leading research, policy, and consulting organization dedicated to transforming America’s public education system, so that every generation thrives.

Today, we work side-by-side with educators, system leaders, and communities across 39 states and over 6,000 districts nationwide to reach ambitious goals for student success.

Yet the possibilities we imagine push far beyond the walls of school and the education field alone. We are catalyzing a movement across sectors to create multiple pathways for young people to achieve academic, economic, and social mobility.

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