How We Measure Success
Helping our students get to and through college and achieve their dreams is only possible if we know exactly how we are doing. Data helps us understand what our true impact is, what is working, and what needs to be improved. Our Six Essential Questions provide a yardstick by which to measure our progress, keep us focused as we grow, and—most important—help us keep the promises we make to our students and their families.
Question 1: Are We Serving the Children Who Need Us?
Are We Serving the Children Who Need Us?A great education is the best path to a life full of opportunity. KIPP schools aim to educate students in underserved communities, including English language learners and students with special needs.
KIPP Student Demographics
Number of Students~80,000
Number of Schools200
95%African American or Latino
*This figure excludes the 77 schools that did not collect FRPL data because those schools are enrolled in the federal Community Eligibility Program (CEP), which qualifies 100% of their students for free lunch through other federal programs.
**Some schools serve a much higher proportion of ELL students than do others given their location.
Question 2: Are Our Students Staying With Us?
Are Our Students Staying With Us?
We know that when a school is healthy, students want to return year after year. We are committed to creating schools where all students can thrive, and we closely track student attrition to ensure we’re keeping our students with us and meeting our mission.
KIPP Student Retention Rates
88%of KIPP students returned in 2016
12%did not return to KIPP
Student attrition data is based on the 183 KIPP schools that were open in the 2015-16 school year. KIPP defines attrition as the percentage of students who leave a school (for reasons other than completing the highest grade or transferring to another KIPP school) in one annual cycle between October 1 of 2015 and October 1 of 2016, which is the date that most states close their enrollment.
Question 3: Are Our Students Progressing and Achieving Academically?
Are Our Students Progressing and Achieving Academically?
Our goal is to put our students on an academic trajectory toward college readiness. We use a variety of tools to understand student achievement, and look closely at our results to ensure we’re fulfilling our promises to students and families.
Percentage of Students On or Above Grade Level on MAP
Results below show our students’ performance on the norm-referenced Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.
Elementary School 4th Grade Exiting Performance in Spring 2016
Middle School Cohort (Fall 2012 – Spring 2016)
Percentage of Students Meeting or Exceeding Growth Targets in 2015–16
Across all grades and subjects, the majority of KIPP students are outperforming the national average for annual growth.
Growth targets represent fall-to-spring growth based on NWEA’s MAP assessment.
Percentage of KIPP Classes Outperforming Local Districts & States in 2015–16
Comparisons to the state exclude results for KIPP Academy Boston Middle School and KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School, as state-wide results for Massachusetts are not available. Comparisons to the district exclude 5th grade Reading at KIPP Tulsa College Prep and Algebra II & English III at the four KIPP High Schools in Houston, TX, where district-wide results are not available.
Advanced Placement (AP), ACT, and SAT Test Results for KIPP High School Graduating Seniors
Question 4: Are Our Students Climbing the Mountain To And Through College?
Are Our Students Climbing the Mountain To And Through College
To meet our mission in preparing students to lead choice-filled lives, we follow the progress of our KIPP alumni, examining their rates of high school graduation, as well as college enrollment and college completion.
KIPP Alumni Attainment Rates
As of fall 2015, an additional 6% of KIPP alumni earned associate’s degrees.
KIPP tracks its rates of high school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation for all students who either completed 8th grade at a KIPP middle school or graduated from a KIPP high school.
2016 KIPP Alumni Survey
With over 10,000 KIPP alumni currently enrolled in college across the United States, KIPP is in a unique position to learn how students from educationally underserved communities are navigating the college experience. In the fall of 2016, the KIPP Foundation sent an electronic survey to over 10,000 KIPP alumni currently enrolled in college and received responses from nearly 3,000 alumni. By releasing the survey data, KIPP hopes to better understand the specific hurdles faced by alumni and to raise public awareness about the challenges that first-generation and low-income students experience in college.Download the Overview Download the Results
College Completion Report
In an effort to demonstrate how our KIPP alumni were faring after they left our schools, we published The Promise of College Completion: KIPP’s Early Successes and Challenges in 2011. This report detailed the college completion rates from the first two KIPP middle schools and offered a clearer picture of the challenges students from low-income communities face on the path to a degree, as well as the factors that help them succeed.Download Report
Question 5: Are We Building a Sustainable People Model?
Are We Building a Sustainable People Model?Educators are at the heart of KIPP. We are committed to investing in the people who join us, and making sure they have the supports they need to do their best work every day.
KIPP Talent Retention Percentages
67%returned to their teaching position
6%moved into a non-teaching position at KIPP or now teach at another KIPP school
27%did not return to KIPP
81%remained school leaders
13%remained in the KIPP network in other roles
6%did not return to KIPP
Question 6: Are We Building a Sustainable Financial Model?
Are We Building a Sustainable Financial Model?
Like all public schools, KIPP public charter schools receive funding from federal, state, and local public sources to support the cost of operations. And, like most public schools, KIPP schools also raise private funding to strengthen the impact of programs.
Public funding varies widely, ranging from $4,611 per pupil in some communities to $17,503 in others in the 2015-16 school year. The cost to grow and serve more students differs as well, with facility, transportation, and local labor costs varying greatly across our 31 communities. As a result, there is no “one-size-fits-all” business model for providing a high-quality KIPP education.
Our goal for financial sustainability is for KIPP regions to have reliable and renewable financial resources. Financially healthy KIPP regions manage within a budget, accurately forecast revenue needs, ensure they take on only the debt they can afford, have strong internal controls, and prudently save as insurance to weather the unexpected.
For more information, download our financial forms:
- KIPP Foundation Financials 2014-15
- KIPP Foundation Financials 2014-15 Single Audit
- KIPP Foundation 2014-15 Form 990
- Impact on Public Ed
- Independent Reports