Now in its third year, the prize honors an urban charter school system that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement while reducing achievement gaps for poor and minority students.
KIPP, which serves fifty thousand students in a hundred and forty schools in twenty states and the District of Columbia, has demonstrated its ability to scale and provide an increasingly high-quality education to thousands of low-income students and students of color who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to receive such an education. More than 86 percent of KIPP students come from low-income families, and 95 percent are students of color Nationally, more than 93 percent of KIPP students who completed eighth grade have gone on to graduate from high school, while more than 83 percent have gone to college. KIPP is being recognized for its ability to provide a high-quality education to students across the country, including its ability to scale its approach, adapt to new locations, and pursue continuous innovation by bringing technology into the classroom.
Chosen from among twenty large established charter school systems, KIPPS Schools will receive $250,000 in support of its efforts. Achievement First and the IDEA Public Schools also were finalists for the prize.
"With fifty thousand students — larger than 99 percent of [the] school districts in the country — KIPP Schools is providing a quality education to low-income students and students of color on a scale that naysayers of public charter schools thought was impossible," said Broad Foundation president Bruce Reed. "For twenty years, KIPP has shown that when it comes to ensuring every student the opportunity to a great education, there can be no excuses. Every school and school system has something to learn from KIPP’s success."