KIPP students show significant improvement

A Washington Post editorial notes that a new study shows that students in KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) schools “showed significantly greater learning gains in math, reading, science and social studies than did their peers in traditional public schools.”

What is different is a high-intensity approach to learning in which KIPP students are in school longer (an average of 9 hours a day, for 192 days a year, compared with 6.6 hours per day, for 180 days, for traditional schools) and spend an additional 35 to 53 minutes on homework each night. Whether these methods can be adopted by traditional public schools is unclear; even KIPP officials acknowledge the difficulty of successfully ramping up operations. But it should be equally difficult to turn a blind eye to this study and not consider the possibilities its findings offer other children.

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