Mathews: KIPP offers refreshing self-assessment

01/18/2006 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews says the 2005 Knowledge is Power Program report card notes that in the KIPP schools that have been around long enough, entering fifth-graders, who ranked in the 28th percentile on norm-referenced reading and math tests, achieved the 74th percentile by the time they reached eighth grade. He praises the KIPP program's gutsy reporting of internal and external test results as a sign of its commitment to fixing failures.

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