Ewing Marion Kauffman School Year 8 Impacts
Associated Project

Ewing Marion Kauffman Charter School Evaluation

Time frame: 2011–2021

Prepared for:

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


Daniel Thal

Key Findings
  • The Kauffman School has a positive and statistically significant impact on four-year college enrollment that is large enough to close the gap in four-year college enrollment rates for Black high school seniors in Missouri.
  • The Kauffman School is having sustained positive impacts on student achievement growth in mathematics, English language arts, and science, beyond the growth achieved by students in other Kansas City public schools.
  • The school’s four-year college enrollment and achievement impacts are comparable to the average effects observed for other high-performing charter schools.
  • Kauffman students had higher attendance rates and were less likely to be suspended compared to other similar students in Kansas City.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is a public, tuition-free charter school serving students in Kansas City, Missouri. In the 2018–19 school year, the school enrolled 1,127 students in grades 5 through 12. Most (89 percent) of the students were from low-income households and 89 percent were Black or Hispanic. This report evaluates the impact of the Kauffman School on student college enrollment, high school graduation, achievement, attendance, and suspensions during its first eight years of operation.

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