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Closing the Achievement Gap Series

Through its education investments, the Annie E. Casey Foundation helps ensure that young people graduate from school prepared to succeed as adults. The Foundation achieves this by supporting quality school choices and strong connections between schools, families, and communities. Closing the Achievement Gap is a series of stories, results, and lessons learned from seven years of education investing. Learn more about the series and author and view the series sources.

Schools That Work









Schools That Work is a video podcast series developed to accompany the publication series. It features interviews with people on the ground in successful Casey-supported public schools that beat the odds to provide high quality education to low-income students.

Getting to RESULTS
The first publication in the series describes Casey’s efforts to develop a flexible but rigorous results measurement system that enables the Foundation and its grantees to reflect on practice and then change course as necessary to achieve the desired result. It also presents the Foundation’s own progress in the area of education results measurement.

Creating Quality Choices: CHARTERS
Through its education investing, the Casey Foundation has learned that charter schools hold great potential in helping children graduate prepared to succeed, but they also face many challenges. This publication provides an overview of the Foundation’s investments in chartering along with selected results and lessons learned. It also presents stories about two successful charter efforts and Casey’s contribution to them.

Creating Quality Choices: DISTRICT SCHOOLS
The Casey Foundation has supported a number of different efforts at district school improvement in order to learn how small investments might contribute to closing the achievement gap. This publication provides an in-depth look at the Foundation’s multi-year investment in a school district in Atlanta. It also includes stories about Casey’s contributions to district improvements in Oakland and Philadelphia.

Exploring Quality Choices: VOUCHERS
The Casey Foundation invests in creating quality educational choices that improve outcomes for kids and families. This publication provides an in-depth look at Casey’s investment in the Washington, D.C. voucher effort and a summary of results and lessons learned. Stories about the Foundation’s contribution to vouchers in Florida and Milwaukee are highlighted.

School, Community, Family CONNECTIONS
The Casey Foundation believes that strong relationships among schools, families, and communities are necessary if schools that serve low-income children are to help young people graduate ready to succeed in life. The publication includes stories about the Harlem Children’s Zone Practitioners Institute, parent organizing in Texas and Denver, one California school district’s innovative parent engagement policy, and the Foundation’s contribution to results measurements in the field.

Strategic Funding Attracts CO-INVESTMENT
An object of every education investment that the Casey Foundation makes is to attract co-investment in promising and evidence-based programs and policies. This publication provides an in-depth look at Casey’s strategic early investment in one innovative but as yet unproved activity – Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson’s Charter Initiative -- and stories about the Foundation’s education grants to two other organizations and the co-investments these grants attracted.

The Anatomy of INFLUENCE
In an effort to make its education investments achieve maximum success, the Casey Foundation strives to influence education policy and practice on a national level. This publication explores various activities the Foundation’s education program has supported in the past seven years in order to influence policy, including two such investments that have led to concrete outcomes.