First Prize

No Excuses’ Kids Go to College

Source: Education Next

‘No Excuses’ Kids Go to College

Judges’ Comments

“Top-notch in almost every way.”

“This is a stand-out piece by Robert Pondiscio, which transcends the normal advocacy organization submissions by answering a key question anyone who has followed “high-stakes, no-excuses” charter schools for years has wondered: How successful are these kids, eventually, when they get into college? Alternatively weaving in narratives of students and histories of programs like KIPP, this piece shines for raising important questions about the ultimate outcomes for students emerging from some of the biggest hitters in the charter school movement.”