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Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)
Charter Schools

KIPP had positive effects on mathematics achievement and English language arts achievement, and potentially positive effects on science achievement and social studies achievement for middle and high school students, and no discernible effects on student progression for high school students.
The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a nonprofit network of more than 200 public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. Every KIPP school obtains approval to operate from a charter school authorizer. Students, parents, and teachers must sign a commitment to abide by a set of responsibilities, including high behavioral and disciplinary expectations. KIPP also has an active alumni network and set of partnerships with scholarship organizations to help guide former students through college. KIPP schools have an extended school day and an extended school year compared with traditional public schools. When demand for enrollment exceeds enrollment capacity at a KIPP school, student admission is based upon a lottery. Funding for KIPP schools comes primarily through public federal, state, and local finances, along with supplemental funding through charitable donations from foundations and individuals.

Findings

4
studies that met standards out of
6
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
English language arts achievement Positive effects 5-12
 
 
8
General Mathematics Achievement Positive effects 5-12
 
 
12
Science achievement Potentially positive effects 6-12
 
 
11
Social studies achievement Potentially positive effects 6-12
 
 
5
Student progression No discernible effects 9-12 --

Last Updated: January 2018

Race

Black
59%
White
4%
Not specified
40%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
36%
Not Hispanic
63%

Gender

Male: 48%
Female: 51%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

84%

English Learners

English Learners icon
7%


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