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.
Over the past two years, our teachers have embraced the new Common Core State Standards, which enhance rigor and critical thinking in the classroom. This shift ensures that all students gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and the workplace. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a state-led service that provides assessments to measure progress against these standards.
Combined with MAP and AP exams, SBAC provides our teachers with measures of achievement that provide a holistic view of individual student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Below are results from 2014-15:
Measures of Academic Progress: Middle School
Nationally, 50% of students make typical growth in reading and math. At KIPP Bay Area Schools, 76% did so in math and 70% 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.
To view our school’s SARC reports, please click here. You can search each school and select your preferred language in the drop down menu.