Charter school saw consistent positive results in math, reading: study

ByLisa L. Colangelo

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A five-year study of one charter school system shows its elementary and middle school students have consistently shown strong reading and math skills.

The study of the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, conducted by research giant Mathematica, shows some of those positive results level off as kids continue into high school.

KIPP has more than 180 schools across the country — mainly in low-income areas — including 11 in New York City. The study looked at 20 schools.

Charters receive public funds but operate independently.

“We wanted to answer the question of whether KIPP can maintain its effectiveness as the network grows,” said Christine Tuttle, lead author of the study. “Our research suggests that it does.