This report presents the results from a seven-month study of charter schools in California performed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). This study is part of a larger group of studies coordinated through Stanford University and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Stuart Foundation.
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As a leader in the adolescent literacy movement, Carnegie Corporation of New York asked AIR to conduct a descriptive study of the Alabama Reading Initiative in secondary schools, essentially to “tell the story” of how the secondary component of the Initiative has fared, especially amid decreased state funding for education in Alabama and the large-scale national and local attention to the needs of beginning readers. The report reflects the results of numerous interviews with students, teachers, school and state administrators, higher education faculty, and members of nonprofit organizations in Alabama.