2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools Winner: KIPP Schools

The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools honors the public charter management organization that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement among the country’s largest urban charter management organizations in recent years while reducing achievement gaps for low-income and students of color.

KIPP Schools was named the winner of the $250,000 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools on July 1, 2014 at the National Charter Schools Conference in Las Vegas.

In evaluating publicly available student achievement data on 20 large established charter school systems across the country, an eight-member review board of national education experts found KIPP Schools to have the best overall student academic performance.

KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-prep public charter schools. There are 141 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 50,000 students. More than 86 percent of KIPP students are from low-income families, and 95 percent are black or Hispanic.

In recent years, KIPP closed 21 percent of its ethnic and income achievement gaps in middle school reading, math and science. By comparison, on average, the remaining CMOs eligible for this year's Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools closed 2 percent of achievement gaps in middle school.

KIPP also closed 21 percent of achievement gaps between its Hispanic students and the state's white students across available comparisons, while eligible CMOs, on average, closed 6 percent of achievement gaps between the groups.

In addition, KIPP narrowed 65 percent of its ethnic and income achievement gaps in elementary school reading, math and science in all available comparisons.

Learn more about the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools:

> 2014 Video: Top Three CMOs
> 2014 Eligible CMOs (PDF)
> 2014 Review Board (PDF)
> 2014 Frequent Questions (PDF)
> 2014 Press Release (PDF)


 


Bruce Reed, president of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, announces that KIPP Schools is the winner of the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools before an audience of 3,000 people at the National Charter Schools Conference in Las Vegas.


Bruce Reed, president of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, congratulates Eric Schmidt, school leader of KIPP Courage College Prep in Houston, after the announcement that KIPP Schools won the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, announced July1 at the National Public Schools Conference in Las Vegas. KIPP, which serves more than 50,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia, making it larger than 99 percent of all school districts in America, was recognized for making the greatest overall student achievement gains which among large established charter management organizations in recent years.


Eric Schmidt, school leader of KIPP Courage College Prep in Houston, speaks on behalf of KIPP Schools after the charter management organization won the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, announced July 1 at the National Public Schools Conference in Las Vegas. Schmidt announced that KIPP would share the $250,000 in prize winnings with the other two charter management organizations up for the prize—Achievement First and IDEA Public Schools—by offering college scholarships for their students.


Bruce Reed, president of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation (second from left), and Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (far right), congratulate representatives from KIPP Schools for winning the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools: from left, Steve Mancini, director of public affairs, Carissa Godwin, chief development officer for KIPP Delta Public School in Helena, AR, and Eric Schmidt, school leader of KIPP Courage College Prep in Houston.