This issue of Voices in Urban Education grew from the work of the College Readiness Indicator Systems (CRIS) initiative and was developed with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) at Brown University and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University have each received three-year grants from the Gates Foundation to work together to select a network of sites and develop models for College Readiness Indicator Systems.
As part of this collaborative effort, AISR and the Gardner Center develop, test, and disseminate effective tools and resources that provide early diagnostic indications of what students need to become college ready. The two organizations work closely with the Consortium on Chicago School Research, which also has received a grant from the Gates Foundation to develop and test CRIS-related tools based on their work with the Chicago Public Schools. The CRIS sites are Dallas, New Visions for Public Schools (New York City), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, California.