School system overhauls are extremely costly and difficult. Yet the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that small investments can make a big difference when supporting districts ripe for change. This publication presents an in-depth look at the Foundation’s investment in a feeder school pattern in Atlanta, Georgia and the resulting effects it had on student achievement at the time of this report. 

February 11, 2008

Closing the Achievement Gap Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How Casey’s credibility and investments leveraged increased support for a few devastated urban school systems.

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    Why small investments can lead to major school district and student improvements.

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    How Casey and its partners made a difference in an impoverished section of the Atlanta, Georgia, school system.

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    What other funders need to know to support school change.

Key Takeaway

The school principal's support is crucial for any school improvement effort.

Casey’s modest education investment in Atlanta concentrated on a feeder school pattern, creating a flow of change from grade school through high school.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations