The curriculum is driven by clear performance standards for what students should know and be able to do. For each grade level, standards are based on national and state curriculum frameworks. In 5th-8th grade much emphasis is placed on mastering the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) enhanced with KIPP and national standards so that all students gain the additional knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the most competitive high schools around Austin, Texas, and the nation. Teachers use regular assessments to measure how well students are mastering the standards.
We use knowledge about student skills to shape whole class instruction, small group work, and one-on-one tutoring. Using individual student data, instruction can be targeted to better meet individual student needs. Teachers do not simply work to get through a textbook; rather, they assess student skills and deficits and then target instruction appropriately.
Teachers give students and parents ongoing feedback about student performance. Teachers often send work home for parents to sign, and teachers contact parents if they see a significant slip in academic performance or the recurrence of an intellectual habit or character trait that inhibits the student to learn. Parents get informal feedback about student performance throughout the year in the form of the daily agenda and weekly paycheck. Additionally, every two weeks parents will receive official progress reports with students’ grades in their classes. Parents are encouraged to call teachers in order to receive feedback on their child’s academic progress as well.
- KIPP Austin College Prep has been a KIPP Top Performer on the MAP Assessment (Measures of Academic Progress – A Worldwide Assessment) in Reading and Math for two years, making some of the most growth in reading and math in the entire KIPP network.
- KIPP Austin College Prep has had less than 6% student attrition for three consecutive years, showing that students are staying with us through 8th grade graduation and into high school.
- By the time they reach 7th grade, KIPP Austin College Prep students are consistently outperforming their peers on the local district and state average on the STAAR assessment.