The Closing the Achievement Gap series explores Casey’s education investments in detail and presents stories, results and lessons learned. This Getting to Results publication describes Casey’s efforts to develop a flexible but rigorous results measurement system based on Casey’s impact, influence and leverage framework. It also lists the Foundation’s investment and progress for each grant in the area of education results measurement.
Casey’s education portfolio invested roughly $35 million over seven years in two program areas.
Findings & Stats
Charter School Results
81% of Casey-supported charter schools had improved performance on state math tests.
300 parents were trained each year in student achievement data and the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
700 philanthropists were trained each year in effective education grant-making practices.
100 charter schools were trained in effective ELL (English language learner) techniques.
$50 million were leveraged for charter school facilities.
Statements & Quotations
The Foundation has a straightforward “theory of change” about what should happen to achieve this result: Quality Choices + Robust Connections = Core Result.
If we create quality school choices for young people and their families, and if these schools foster robust connections among themselves, families and community institutions, then it is possible for all young people to graduate from school prepared to succeed.
We look at the data to do analysis and figure out what is and isn’t working. All of our conversations are grounded in data now.
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