ERIC Number: EJ767462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-13
Reference Count: N/A
KIPP Student-Attrition Patterns Eyed
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v26 n41 p1, 16-17 Jun 2007
As the high-profile Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of schools continues to expand, KIPP leaders are taking a close look at student attrition amid arguments from critics that the loss of students at some of those public schools of choice is alarmingly high. Attrition rates at a few KIPP schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, in particular, have recently drawn scrutiny. Fewer than half the 5th graders who entered three new middle schools in fall 2003 are still enrolled this academic year, when they would generally be finishing 8th grade, according to a KIPP analysis. At one of the schools, in Oakland, California, only about a quarter of the students from that 5th grade class have remained. National attrition data on the San Francisco-based network of 52 mostly charter middle schools are unavailable. But information the network provided on a handful of other schools, as well as a review of national enrollment data by "Education Week", suggests that levels of student mobility vary widely across KIPP campuses. In certain KIPP schools, in fact, attrition appears very low. Several experts cautioned against drawing strong conclusions based on the attrition data. Student mobility, they pointed out, is high in general among low-income and minority urban families, KIPP's prime target. Also, they said, many of the schools are still quite new, and enrollment is likely to be unsteady early on, especially for schools of choice with the high demands KIPP has for students and families. Some different ways of analyzing the data on KIPP attrition rates are described.
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Student Attrition, Student Mobility, Middle Schools, School Holding Power, Public Schools, Charter Schools, Enrollment Trends, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Children, School Choice, Urban Schools, School Effectiveness, Middle School Students, Scores
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: California