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Policy Reform

You are in the Policy Reform section of the Casey Foundation Knowledge Center, which offers resources that are either published or funded by the Casey Foundation. Resources address district, state, and federal reform efforts that effect schools, students, and communities.

See also the Our Work: Education, an overview of the Casey Foundation's investments in this issue.

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The Connection Strategy: Preparing Young People to Succeed in College and Beyond

2008

This report discusses academic content and state policy strategies, and describes Casey's work in Atlanta as one example of what schools and community organizations can do to strengthen the pipeline to educational and economic success for young people in their communities.

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Making Performance Funding Work for All

2012

This brief contrasts two models of funding public higher education and then traces the evolution of performance funding. attention next turns to design characteristics and concerns about performance funding, supplemented by profiles of the models used in several states.

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Publication thumbnail for Data Snapshot: D.C.'s Achievement Gap: Why Place Matters

Data Snapshot: D.C.'s Achievement Gap: Why Place Matters

2012

This Data Snapshot examines citywide achievement on the DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), looking in greater depth at achievement in the fourth and eighth grades.

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Publication thumbnail for Getting Back on Track: Effects of a Community College Program for Probationary Students

Getting Back on Track: Effects of a Community College Program for Probationary Students

2009

This report details the findings of an evaluation of two community college programs—Opening Doors and Enhanced Opening Doors. The analysis of these two programs suggests that students who were required to take the college success course as prescribed in the Enhanced Opening Doors program were more likely to be moved off of academic probation.

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Connecting Youth through Multiple Pathways

2009

This slide deck is a field scan of what selected school districts, foundations, and nonprofit organizations are doing to reconnect at-risk young people to school and other social networks to prepare them for careers and further education.

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Understanding Reading First: What We Know, What We Don’t, and What’s Next

2009

This policy brief describes the context in which Reading First, a centerpiece of the No Child Left Behind Act , was implemented and the implications it had for both federal and state policy.

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