Hacia dónde vamos
With the first pod of five schools outlined in our expansion plan, KIPP Austin will graduate 180 students and more than double the number of college-ready and college-admitted minority and economically disadvantaged students in Austin each year. At full enrollment, KIPP Austin will educate 5,280 underserved students, graduating 360 college-ready and college-admitted students each year.
Our students will graduate not only college ready, but ready to blossom into the next generation of leaders who will continue to work to improve our community.
¿Por qué es importante?
Nationwide, less than 10 percent of low-income students attend college: this staggering fact simply perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
The situation in Austin is no different: low-income children in our city currently have few options for an academically challenging education, and the available options are being stretched as the numbers of economically disadvantaged, non-English speaking and other underserved populations—particularly Hispanic and African-American children—increase. Texas has the fastest growing child population in the U.S. and the Hispanic population is projected to increase 48 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to Texas State Demographer Steve Murdoch. In addition, the percentage of economically disadvantaged students in the Austin area has increased at a greater rate than the general increase in population. From 2000-2001 to 2005-2006, the student population in Travis County increased 13 percent while the population of economically disadvantaged students increased by 41 percent, according to the Texas Education Agency.
There is a critical need in Central Texas for accessible college preparatory education, where the educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged students, as well as Hispanic and African-American students, are gloomy.
Fewer than half of all high school graduates in Austin ISD are ready for college, and the statistics are far worse for traditionally underserved populations. In 2006 in Austin ISD, less than 40 percent of high school graduates score at or above criterion on college admissions exams.
For students who are African-American or Hispanic, the outcomes are worse—6 percent and 17 percent, respectively. In 2006, only 184 out of 1,998 African-American and Hispanic high school graduates scored at a level on the SAT or ACT that indicated they were ready for college.
Reducing the high school dropout rate and preparing our students for college is critical not only to their individual success but also to the prosperity of Texas. A single year’s high school dropouts will cost the Texas economy more than $30 billion over their lifetimes in lost wages, taxes, and productivity, according to the National Alliance for Excellent Education. In addition, nearly a third of high-tech companies in Texas cite an insufficient supply of skilled workers as their main obstacle to expansion.
Education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty and ensuring a bright future for our students, our community, our nation, and our world.