Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Leading for Higher Academic Standards

Higher academic standards are a critical component of high quality instruction. They create a roadmap for how students should be performing at each grade level. The recent shifts in standards have resulted in common implementation challenges for school districts nationwide.  On this website, you can find a wide variety of resources to support districts in implementing higher academic standards and learn about ways districts have developed solutions to deal with these common implementation challenges.


The tools, resources and case studies presented here are the result of three convenings that brought together 14 school districts from Kentucky, Louisiana and Colorado through a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL). We hope that educators can use them to orient their practice around a common goal that benefits all students: building the knowledge, skills and expertise to implement higher academic standards.