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Kipp’s Explosive Growth Came With Slight Dip In Performance, Study Says

KIPP, the nation’s largest chain of public charter schools, significantly improves the academic performance of its elementary and middle school students, but after the students enter a KIPP high school, their performance does not statistically differ from peers who attend other schools, according to a new study.

The study is the first independent analysis of how KIPP schools perform at every level, from elementary through high school, and it shows that when KIPP students reach high school, the academic growth that they experienced in younger grades does not continue at the same pace. But students who enroll in KIPP high schools from outside the charter network do show significant academic achievement at KIPP high schools.