What accounts for the difference between a student who talks about goals and one whoactually reaches them? What makes the difference between a student who works hardat everyday tasks, and one whose hard work leads to a promising future? The difference, according to the Quality Improvement for Student Aspirations (QISA), lies in the student’s aspirations—his or her ability to set goals and think about the future while being inspired in the present to reach those goals. To help K–12 schools and educators foster (and assess) a learning culture that heightens student aspirations, QISA developed the Aspirations Profile, which presents a visual model of the behaviors that support and hinder success. To learn more aboutQISA and its work, click here.