If Chavous had checked with the KIPP home office or even done a Google search, he would have found this from KIPP’s own research:
As of March 2011, 33 percent of students who completed a KIPP middle school 10 or more years ago have graduated from a four-year college.
Now this figure would be more impressive if 33 percent of KIPP students who started at KIPP in 5th grade ended up graduating from college, especially since the completion rate for low-income children is less than 9 percent. However, consider these facts:
From 40 to 60 percent of children who begin KIPP in 5th grade leave before completing 8th grade, with the largest percentage of leavers being low-test performers and students who do not conform to KIPP’s total compliance demands. From a 2011 study headed by Gary Miron:
. . . .The departure of low-performing students helps KIPP improve its aggregate results. Unlike local school districts, KIPP is not replacing the students who are leaving. When a student returns to a traditional public school after the autumn head count, KIPP retains most or all of the money (the amount depends on the particular state) allocated for educating that student during that school year.
. . . KIPP schools enrolled a lower percentage of students with disabilities (5.9%) than did their local school districts (12.1%).
. . . KIPP enrolled a lower percentage of students classified as English Language Learners (11.5%) than did their local school districts (19.2%).
. . . Combining public and private sources of revenue, KIPP received, on average, $18,491 per pupil in 2007-08. This is $6,500 more per pupil than what the local school districts received.