"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Friday, April 01, 2011

Secrets Behind the KIPP Bump, Part I: Student Demographics

This is first of several posts with results from a widely reported new study of the KIPP phenomenon.  Let the numbers speak: 
Student Characteristics: A Cross-Sectional Look at KIPP Schools Relative to Local Districts 
During 2008-09, KIPP enrolled a significantly higher proportion of African American students (55%) than did the respective local school districts (32%). However, KIPP schools served a substantially lower proportion of Hispanic students (39%) compared with local districts (50%). KIPP also enrolled substantially fewer white students (2%) compared withlocal districts (11%).
KIPP schools enrolled a higher percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch (77%) than did the local school districts (71%).
KIPP schools enrolled a lower percentage of students with disabilities (5.9%) than did their local school districts (12.1%).
KIPP enrolled a lower percentage of students classified as English Language Learners (11.5%) than did their local school districts (19.2%) (p. i).

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