At KIPP, we believe the truest measure of our success is the college graduation rate and life outcomes achieved by our students. Along the way we measure our progress and stay on track by asking Six Essential Questions that we believe are essential to reaching our goal.
Are we educating the children we set out to educate?
- We continually monitor our enrollment to ensure that we are educating students from underserved communities who most need KIPP’s high expectations and safe, structuring and nurturing school environments.
- On average, 100% of KIPPMA students receive free or reduced-price lunch, 29% are English Language Learners (ELL) and 14% are identified for special education.
- Our student demographics mirror the districts we serve with comparable ELL, SPED, and Free/Reduced lunch numbers in both Lynn and Boston. (Please refer to individual school pages for school-specific demographics).
Are our children staying with us?
- 98% KIPPMA students continue to stay with us year over year.
- This rate exceeds the average retention rate for public charter schools by nearly 10%, and is also substantially higher than the retention in the district schools in the communities we serve.
Are our kids growing and achieving? In 2016:
- KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary and KIPP Academy Boston Elementary students exceeded Math goals in all grades by end of year.
- KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate 9th through 11th graders exceeded their ACT growth goal experiencing the most growth in English and Science.
- Ninety-four percent (94%) of KIPP Lynn District students demonstrated higher proficiency in ELA vs 87% in the State, 88% higher proficiency in Math vs. 82% in the State, and 84% higher proficiency in Science vs. 79% in the State. Click here for more detail on these results.
Some of the more striking differences from the 2016 October test results:
- KIPP Academy Lynn’s class of 2020 had the 10th highest PARCC Math achievement in the state out of 311 schools. With 3+ years of strong growth our students reached achievement levels higher than affluent districts like Swampscott, Milton and Concord.
- KIPP Academy Lynn’s class of 2021 had the 10th highest PARCC Math achievement in the state. Our seventh graders out-achieved Boston Latin Academy, an exam school that only admits students with high scores.
Are our students climbing the mountain to and through college?
- Fifty-four percent (54%) of the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Class of 2017 are projected to graduate from 4 year colleges, the highest projection in the KIPP network. At least 80% of the Class of 2015 are persisting in to their 3rd year of a 4 year institution. Eighty-five percent (85%) of the Class of 2016 is persisting into their 2nd year at a 4 year college.
- 96% of the Class of 2017 will matriculate to a 2 or 4-year college in the fall of 2017.
- Current projections show that the Class of 2017 will graduate college at 5x the national average.
Are we building a sustainable people model?
- We are committed to meeting recruitment and retention goals by setting our recruitment cycle earlier in the year and providing comprehensive professional development to all our staff while building a diverse and equitable staff to provide strong and inspiring role models for our students. We are also dramatically growing our Teaching Fellows program as a way of to meet our professional development and retention goals by preparing our teachers for growth and achievement in their profession. Our staff retention is currently at 75%, a number that hasn’t changed even though our staff has grown dramatically (from 39 staff members in 2011) over the last 6 years.
- 85% of school leaders have taught at a KIPP school before coming to KIPP Massachusetts.
- 40% of school leaders are people of color.
Are we building a sustainable financial model?
- KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate high school, KIPP Academy Lynn and KIPP Academy Boston middle schools are fully enrolled and operating sustainably on public funding.
- KIPPMA has received a clean, unqualified audit opinion with no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in FY17.
- KPPMA’s High Rock expansion project is on time for all Lynn elementary and middle school students in SY17-18.