Oct. 24, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Struggling readers enrolled at KIPP Academy charter school in the
made significant gains during a two-month pilot of the
® program last spring. After just nine weeks enrolled in
classes in May and June, 22 percent of students made the equivalent of two years' worth of growth in reading, and nearly 50 percent of students made the equivalent of at least a year's worth of growth.
piloted READ 180
beginning last spring for students who were below proficient in reading, with the goal of testing its effectiveness for possible expansion in KIPP's
New York City
has the ambitious goal of getting every student to grade level by the time they graduate from KIPP after eighth grade.
Following the success of KIPP Academy's pilot of
in Spring 2012, five other
public charter schools are using the program in the 2012-13 school year. Those schools are KIPP Infinity,
, KIPP AMP, KIPP
, and KIPP NYC College Prep. Four KIPP charter schools in
and one each in
, have begun using
this year, as well.
"At KIPP, our mission is to get our students on the path to and through college, and
is helping us do just that," said KIPP Co-founder
. "We are seeing our students advance leaps and bounds in reading skills from year to year, and
has been instrumental in making that happen."
With over a decade of proven effectiveness,
is one of the most researched and successful instructional technology and adolescent literacy programs used in schools today. Based upon research by
Dr. Ted Hasselbring
of Education at
is a comprehensive system of curriculum, blended instruction, assessment and professional development that helps schools raise reading achievement for struggling readers in grades 4-12. And with its research-based instructional model that combines teacher-led instruction, instructional technology and independent reading, it serves more than 1.2 million students every day in schools across the country.
"The success KIPP Academy has had already with
shows that with empowered teachers, focused leaders and proven programs that motivate students and personalize learning, struggling students can quickly catch up," said
, President of Scholastic Education. "With the Common Core State Standards raising the level of rigor across the country, it's more important than ever that we focus on helping all students get to the Common Core starting line so they have a chance at meeting college- and career-ready standards."
KIPP – the Knowledge Is Power Program
is a national network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. KIPP was founded in
in 1994, and has grown to 125 schools serving more than 39,000 students in 20 states and
Ninety five percent of students enrolled in KIPP schools are African American or Hispanic/ Latino, and 85 percent qualify for the federal free and reduced price meals program. To date, more than 80 percent of students who have graduated from KIPP middle schools have matriculated to college. To learn more, visit
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