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Raising College-Ready Kids

September 24, 2015

The Knowledge is Power Project (KIPP) is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life.

KIPP elementary schools have positive, statistically significant and educationally meaningful impacts on reading and mathematics skills, preparing students for success in the higher grades. KIPP middle schools have the same impacts on student achievement in math, reading, science, and social studies.

For students continuing to KIPP high schools from KIPP middle schools, impacts on achievement are not statistically significant. For this group of continuing KIPP students, KIPP high schools have positive impacts on a variety of college preparation activities and the likelihood of applying to college.

  • There are 183 KIPP schools nation-wide in 20 states.
  • Approximately 70,000 students in inner-city and rural settings are enrolled at a KIPP school.
  • 87% of students are from low-income families and more than 82% of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.

In 2010, the KIPP Foundation was awarded a five-year, $50 million Investing in Innovation (i3) scale-up grant by the U.S. Department of Education. The foundation used the i3 grant to scale up its network with the aim of sustaining KIPP's positive impacts -- specifically by bolstering its leadership pipeline -- while doubling the number of students served from 27,000 to over 55,000 by 2014-2015.

Source: Christina Tuttle et al., "Understanding the Effect of KIPP as it Scales," Mathematica Policy Research, September 17, 2015.


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