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KIPP Coming Up Short on Black Boys?

Not the black boys who persist through the charters schools, but those who leave.

All the study author is really saying is that black boys have a higher dropout rate, which is not surprising. I still maintain that the elite charters, KIPP, Uncommon Schools, Achievement First, etc., offer the best academic opportunities for urban black boys.

From the Education Week story about the study:

KIPP charter middle schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local school districts they draw from, but 40 percent of the black males they enroll leave between grades 6 and 8, says a new nationwide study by researchers at Western Michigan University.

"The dropout rate for African-American males is really shocking," said Gary J. Miron, a professor of evaluation, measurement, and research at Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, and the lead researcher for the study. "KIPP is doing a great job of educating students who persist, but not all who come."

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