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Thursday, March 31, 2011

KIPP schools: High dropout rates for black males?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Interesting story in Education Week.

KIPP charter middle schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local school districts they draw from, but 40 percent of the black males they enroll leave between grades 6 and 8, says a new nationwide study by researchers at Western Michigan University.

“The dropout rate for African-American males is really shocking,” said Gary J. Miron, a professor of evaluation, measurement, and research at Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, and the lead researcher for the study. “KIPP is doing a great job of educating students who persist, but not all who come.”

KIPP rejects the findings. Interesting story and comments. I'm still waiting for a study that considers the value of parents committed, by contract, to the KIPP requirements for participation and extended school hours and days.

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