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About the Closing the Achievement Gap Series and Author


About the Series
Closing the Achievement Gap is a series of stories, results, and lessons learned from seven years of education investing by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. While planning this project, Casey realized that different areas of the Foundation’s education investing would attract different readers. It also noted that its audiences are deluged with information, so Casey decided to break up its reporting of stories, results, and lessons learned from seven years of education investing into a series of short, topic-focused publications that readers can easily download based on their areas of interest.

The Closing the Achievement Gap project took a year to complete. It included a 20 days in the field at four sites where the Foundation has a concentration of education grantees: Seattle, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. During site visits, series author and creator Tory Read visited Casey grantees and schools and conducted 96 face-to-face interviews. She also did 40 in-depth interviews by telephone and read hundreds of documents. Once the publications were drafted, featured grantees had an opportunity to check them for accuracy before Read did the final edit of stories in the series.

Readers will notice that the reporting of results varies somewhat from publication to publication. The documents on "charters" and “influence” aggregate results from all grantees mentioned, because enough data was available to do so. The publications on "vouchers," "district schools," "connections," and "co-investment" report results from the main story only, because results reported by all grantees in the category was not uniform enough to aggregate. Casey’s education program is in the process of creating a results reporting system that will enable aggregation of all results in several ways.

Does the Series Work?
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About the Author
Tory Read is a writer and multi-media artist based in Denver. Her clients include U.S. foundations and nonprofits and international aid organizations. She earned her M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1991 and her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 1984. You can see more of her work at http://www.toryread.com.