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Fact Sheet: Academic Gateways and International Best Practices

Top-performing countries across the globe set clear academic gateways that students must pass through during their primary and secondary school years. These gateways mark levels of achievement that, cumulatively, prepare students for gainful careers and/or postsecondary education. This fact sheet suggests ways that state and district leaders can reform their high school assessment systems based on international best practices to create a more meaningful experience for secondary students.