We are constantly using data to inform decisions which will ensure our students’ success as they climb the mountain to and through college. We know that as we prepare our students for college, developing character is equally as important as developing academic skills and content knowledge. We recognize that there is no magic bullet in this work, and we use data as a guiding force to constantly reevaluate our school systems and classroom practices.
Schools across the country have been preparing for the transition to the Common Core State Standards, a much more rigorous standard by which to measure our students’ college readiness. For the 2013-14 school year, California did not administer its standardized tests and the related Academic Performance Index (API) scores that enable comparisons across schools. The state plans to officially launch the Common Core- aligned Smarter Balanced Assessments in 2015.
In place of those results, we are sharing our middle school student outcomes as measured by NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), a nationally norm-referenced exam taken by KIPP schools across the country and the Advanced Placement (AP) exams to measure achievement of our high school students. Below are results from 2013-14:
Measures of Academic Progress: Middle School
Nationally, 50% of students make typical growth in reading and math. At KIPP Bay Area Schools, 79% did so in math and 78% in reading, and we are improving each year.
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams: High School
KIPP Bay Area Schools students have high AP exam participation and success rates.
College Matriculation and Persistence: Alumni
KIPP Bay Area Schools alumni are starting college at rates that exceed the national average across all income groups. Nationally, KIPP alumni are graduating from college at a rate more than four times that of the average student from a low-income community.