KIPP: San Antonio goes back to school; First Friday Breakfast September 6

Today is back-to-school time for many KIPP: San Antonio students, two weeks earlier than most schools in the area. “More Time” is one of the Five Pillars of the KIPP approach. That means a longer school day (see sample teacher schedules from KIPP: NYC),… Continue Reading

A closer look at the KIPP middle school study showing big achievement gains

Last week, I wrote about a study that looked at dozens of KIPP middle schools and found the students were packing in months of extra learning each year. Earlier post; “New Report Finds KIPP Middle Schools Produce Significant Achievement Gains”, Mathematica… Continue Reading

Study: 3 to 4 years of KIPP equals 8 to 14 extra months of learning

Researchers found that after three to four years in a KIPP school, students’ academic growth equaled an extra eight to 14 months of learning, depending on the subject area. This was despite the fact that students tend to enter KIPP… Continue Reading

It’s not because of skimming

Last month, the Express-News ran an article reporting on a study by Dr. Ed Fuller claiming that charter schools enroll “advantaged” students and that explains charter schools’ success. Here is my critique of the “skimming” argument. (Scroll down for Dr. Fuller’s comments in which,… Continue Reading

Chicago charter schools are open, despite teacher’s union strike

The Chicago teachers’ strike continues, and thousands of students who attend public schools have nowhere to go. At Chicago’s charter schools, however, it’s business as usual. “Charter school leaders: Class is in session here”, Jon Seidel, Chicago Sun-Times, September 9, 2012. Professor… Continue Reading

Charter schools have “advantaged” students?

“Charter schools actually bring in a more advantaged set of students than other schools,” said researcher Ed Fuller, an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University. “It explains why some of them do have higher levels of achievement, because their clientele… Continue Reading

Do charter schools succeed because of student selection?

High performing charter schools claim that they succeed because they have the flexibility to use innovative teaching methods. Critics of charter schools look for other explanations, such as higher spending per student. Or “creaming,” the alleged practice of selecting students… Continue Reading