Changing the Odds

The Race for Results in Atlanta

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 24, 2015


Casey has invested in several southwest Atlanta communities for more than 10 years. This report explores how race and community of residence continue to create barriers that keep the city's kids, particularly those of color, from reaching their full potential. The report highlights three key areas that support or thwart children’s healthy development: (1) the community where they grow up; (2) school experiences; and (3) family access to economic opportunities. Policy recommendations are included. 

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Key Takeaway

Working to increase opportunity for all in Atlanta, but it’s an uphill battle

For more than a decade, Casey has partnered to increase educational and economic opportunities for kids and families in several low-income Atlanta neighborhoods. The goal? Working to ensure all kids, regardless of race, place or ethnicity have the chance to reach their full potential. Yet race remains a major predictor of a child’s trajectory in life — a reality reinforced by nearly every measure of child and family well-being highlighted in this report.

Median household income by race

Findings & Stats

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Racial Divide

The east-west Interstate 20 separates wealthier, majority-white communities in the north from poorer, majority-black ones in the south.

Aecf Changing The Odds 8th Grade Proficiency

School Stats

79% of Asian students and 88% of white students exceeded state reading standards, while only 35% of Latinos and 24% of black students exceeded the standards.

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