Closing the Achievement Gap

Creating Quality Choices: District Schools

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

February 11, 2008

Summary

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. 

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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.

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