Does Student Attrition Explain KIPP's Success?

Does Student Attrition Explain KIPP's Success?

Published: Sep 01, 2014
Publisher: Education Next, vol. 14, no. 4
Associated Project

KIPP: Preparing Youth for College

Time frame: 2007-2017

Prepared for:

Arnold Ventures


Brian P. Gill

Christina Clark Tuttle

The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a network of charter schools designed to improve the educational opportunities available to low-income families. KIPP schools seek to boost their students’ academic achievement and ultimately prepare them to enroll and succeed in college. To achieve these objectives, KIPP schools leverage strong student-behavior policies with rewards and sanctions; contracts between students, parents, and teachers; longer school days and school on Saturdays; substantial autonomy for principals; and close monitoring of school performance in terms of student achievement and college readiness. KIPP has grown from two middle schools established in the mid-1990s to a nationwide network of more than 140 elementary, middle, and high schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia in 2014.

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