Does Student Attrition Explain KIPP's Success?

Publisher: Education Next, vol. 14, no. 4
Sep 01, 2014
Ira Nichols-Barrer, Brian P. Gill, Philip Gleason, and 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.


KIPP: Preparing Youth for College


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Philip Gleason
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Christina Tuttle
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