Ewing Marion Kauffman School Year 6 Impacts

Publisher: Oakland, CA: Mathematica Policy Research
Jun 26, 2018
Authors
Matthew Johnson and Alicia Demers

Key Findings:

  • During its first six years of operation, the Kauffman School had substantial positive impacts on student achievement growth in mathematics, English language arts, and science, beyond the growth achieved by students in other Kansas City public schools.
  • The Kauffman School’s impacts are higher than the average impacts found in studies of other charter schools.
  • The Kauffman School had a positive impact on student attendance, such that the average attendance rate of Kauffman students was approximately 1 percentage point higher than that of comparison students.

The Kauffman School is a public, tuition-free charter school serving students in Kansas City, Missouri. In the 2016–17 school year, the Kauffman School enrolled 884 students in grades 5 through 10. Most (85 percent) of the students are low-income, and 90 percent are black or Hispanic. To measure the impact of the Kauffman School on its students, we identified a group of students in other Kansas City district and charter schools who had similar demographic characteristics and achievement at the end of 4th grade. We compared outcomes for those students to the outcomes of Kauffman students in 5th through 10th grades.