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ERIC Number: ED503424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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WWC Quick Review of the Report "San Francisco Bay Area KIPP Schools: A Study of Early Implementation and Achievement"
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This study examined whether attending a "Knowledge is Power Program" (KIPP) middle school improved students' academic achievement. KIPP schools in the study included fifth through eighth grades and served primarily low-income, minority students. The study found that fifth-grade students in KIPP middle schools generally performed better on math and language arts tests than comparable students in traditional public middle schools. The research described in the report is consistent with What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations. Although the study matches KIPP students to traditional public school students on a number of observable characteristics, there may still be unobserved student or parent characteristics that affect both the decision to enroll at a KIPP school and student achievement, such as motivation or commitment to schooling. Therefore, differences in achievement between the two groups of students may not be solely attributable to the effect of KIPP schools. [The following report was the focus of this "Quick Review": "San Francisco Bay Area KIPP Schools: A Study of Early Implementation and Achievement. Final Report." Katrina R. Woodworth, Jane L. David, Roneeta Guha, Haiwen Wang, and Alejandra Lopez-Torkos. SRI International, September 2008.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: California
IES Funded: Yes