New research on KIPP schools
KIPP schools generally do so well compared to other regular public schools that many people have questioned whether they are taking in better prepared students or kicking out those that aren't making the grade.
An examination of demographic and achievement data from 22 KIPP middle schools (not including KIPP Ujima in Baltimore) in 14 states by an independent research company was released last week. It showed that KIPP doesn't attract more qualified or able students than those in the neighborhood. In addition, the achievement gains in KIPP schools are so large that they have reduced the race and income achievement gaps.
The full report is available on the KIPP website. KIPP Ujima in Baltimore has a long track record of success, often better than other charter schools in the city and sometimes better than middle schools in suburban counties in the state.